Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is an English novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro is a British novelist, screen writer, musician and short story writer. His novels are majorly based on memory and have a great emotional force. His most celebrated works include The Remains of the Day, When we were Orphans, Never Let Me Go. He has received Man Booker Prize in 1989 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017.

Never Let Me Go is a dystopian science fiction novel written in 2005. It is a novel showing what happens when a society is allowed to use scientific experiment without considering the consequences. It is a story with systematised and legalised cloning.

Kathy is the central character and narrator telling of their lives at Hailsham, the seemingly idyllic place with dark secrets. The characters are shown to be normal humans at first. Eventually we coe to know that they were clones made to support the humanity by donating their organs. And eventually completing (a euphemism for dying)

Ishiguro examines many important issues like identity crisis, nostalgia and friendship. Questioning humanity and morality is also a prominent theme. The novel contemplates on the the way clones were treated. It allows the reader to question the ethics of human cloning.

Friendship and Love depict the human relationship. Giving these dimensions to clones directly indicates towards their humane feelings. Jealousy is also one of the factors of the humane side of the scientifically developed clone.

Memory plays an important role in Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels. The novel is a record of 30 years old kathy’s recalling of past memories. She preserves the memory of closed Hailsham, her completed- friends. The novel epitomises the desire to hold on. When in Hailsham, Kathy dances to a song by Judy Waterbridge, Never Let Me Go, holding an imaginary baby. Through these small incidents we see how memory holds an important position.

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I do not go along with that. The memories I value most, I do not ever see them fading.”

The novel has various themes and symbols enhancing the emotional and artistic quality of author to deal with such deplorable topics.

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