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Never Let Me Go [Reading] ➶ Never Let Me Go ➬ Kazuo Ishiguro – ‘None of you will go to America none of you will be film stars Andnone of you will be working in supermarkets as I heard someof you planning the other day Your lives are set out for you ’England l ‘None of you will go to America none of you will be film stars Andnone of you will be working in supermarkets as I heard someof you planning the other day Your lives are set out for you ’England late s Kathy H a carer looks back on her school days at Hailsham It is an idyllic place with an art room playing fields and a duck pond – but a very different life awaits its pupils after they graduate Kept isolated from the outside world they begin dimly to understand that Never Let PDF \ one day they will have to make ‘donations’ though the nature of these is unclear Rumours circulate that the winners of art competitions or couples who are in love will be exempt But neither their privileged education nor the love between Kathy and her friends Ruth and Tommy can save them from their eventual fateShortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in this is both an ingenious dystopian fable and an unforgettable story of friendship love and the value of human life Like the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day also published by The Folio Society it is above all a story of lost innocence Kazuo Ishiguro shows a protagonist looking back on a seemingly happy past that appears very different in retrospectThis Folio edition contains a new introduction by Claire Messud award winning author of The Emperor’s Children She describes Ishiguro’s novel as belonging to a ‘thin but intense literary vein that runs from King Lear to Beckett and beyond works that lay bare the human condition in its stark fundamentals Without fanfare or Dostoevskian histrionics Never Let Me Go joins the ranks of these abiding works’ This is artist Kate Miller’s first commission for The Folio Society Her beautiful multi layered illustrations have been praised by Kazuo Ishiguro as ‘subtly gorgeous and full of poignance’.

10 thoughts on “Never Let Me Go

  1. Trevor Trevor says:

    It is a pity that people are told this is a science fiction book before they read it I feel the least interesting thing about it is that it is science fiction I mean this in much the same way that the least interesting thing one could say about 1984 is that it is science fiction As a piece of literature I enjoyed it much than Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake and even than Huxley's Brave New World The themes that make this book most interesting are to do with the social alienation of groups of people on the basis of inherited genetic characteristics In fact as a critiue of racism this book is utterly brilliant Those being racially alienated are genetically identical they are in fact clones to those attacking themPlato believed those 'in the know' should tell lies to those 'who do not know' so as to protect them from the all too horrible truths about life I have always hated this aspect of Plato always finding it grotesue and frightening in its implications Those implications are drawn out in all their disturbing horror here This book has much to say about the nature of 'illness' and how those inflicted with an 'illness' use the scars of that illness as the badges of truly belonging to the group So that those 'less advanced' in the ravages of the illness don't really know or really belong to the group As a portrait of victims adopting to being victims it says much about us as humans thoughtful readers may find it says far too much I write this on World Aids DayIshiguro writes the most nightmarish novels I've ever read In others such as The Unconsoled or When We Were Orphans the nightmare feeling is due to the dreamlike oddity of the interconnection of events in the story One reads these books in much the same way that one wakes from a disturbing dream with feelings of disorientation and anxiety Even though this is the most literal 'nightmare book' of his I have read the world he creates being literally a nightmare and made all the worse by being set in the recent past it is a book totally lacking in that strange dreamlike uality so characteristic of these other novels In this sense it seemed less of a nightmare than these others If you struggled with these you will not struggle with this in uite the same wayHe also has fascinating and uite painful things to say about the nature of love and how love has a proper time a time that may be lost or missed As someone who has loved lost and missed I found this particularly challenging The relationship between sex and love and illness is perhaps something people may find simply too much not because this is handled in any way that is too explicit but because I do believe we like to think that sex as a manifestation of love has curative and redemptive powers A book that uestions this uestions something we hold very dear and some readers may find this too much to askThis is also a book about betrayal The betrayals we commit against those we love the most and yet that we barely can understand or explain after we have committed them these are constant throughout the book He is a writer all too aware of the human condition The scene which gives the book its title is a wonderful example of the near impossibility of our being understood by others and yet our endless desire for just such an understandingThere is nothing easy about reading this book although it is written in the simplest of prose It has an honesty of feeling that brands one's soulI loved this book and have thought about it a lot since I finished reading it and will think about it There is much I would like to say but there is no space May we all be good carers before we complete

  2. Michelle Michelle says:

    I can see Never Let Me Go being great for book clubs because it will generate a lot of discussionThat being said I didn't care for the book for a couple of different reasons The writing style is very conversational very much like you're having a discussion with the protagonist The thing that annoyed me the most about this was the fact that the things that happened so bob and I went walking to the store and we had a fight about the tree at school and then the writer would tell you about the tree and why it was significant then tell you about the fight This sort of device is interesting the first few times you see it but it started to annoy me over time Maybe because I talk like that and get off into tangents and anecdotesAlso at the heart of the store is the purposefate of the main characters I get the impression that the author wanted to drop clues about it and then reveal it so that it is a shocking twist who's Kaiser Soeze? ; The thing is the references really aren't that subtle so by the time the twist is reavealed it's not all that exciting Not only that but I had so many uestions at the end Like these people know their fate but they never think to uestion it and in fact seem to be glad for itThis was supposed to be a coming of age story Generally coming of age involves people growing up and moving forward with their lives; often they need to overcome some obstacle to reveal their potential However the characters seem to be stagnate the whole way through; their fate doesn't change The blurb on the back of the book mentions that the characters Kathy Ruth and Tommy all have a shared background that's special and implies that they're lucky When two of the charaters confront someone to see if they can defer their fate they don't even bother trying to change it we find out a little bit of what makes their shared background special but we aren't given anything to compare it to we're just told that similar people have horrible existences but not how And they find out that they can't defer their fate but they don't really seem to care; they don't even seem to be particularly glad that they triedI've seen a couple of reviews compare this to book to Aldous Huxley's classic Brave New World and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Not even close In both of these books we're exposed to an alternate reality and we see how the main characters deal with their situations Kazuo Ishiguro tries to sneak the alternate reality into the story to take us by surpriseI could go on but I won't Let's just say that I didn't care for this book and leave it at that

  3. Shannon (Giraffe Days) Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    It's very important if you're intending to read this book that you don't read any reviews or listen to any talk about it first I had no idea what this book was about before I read it and the blurb gives you a very different impression actually and so I slipped easily into a story that was as engrossing as it was revealingIf you know something about what to expect though I don't think you'll enjoy it nearly as much It's a bit like an art installation that reuires audience participation you have to do your bit too to make it work so it makes sense so it tells the story it was meant to tell Keep yourself in the dark that's my advice Because of this there's no point in writing an actual review

  4. Fabian Fabian says:

    Ah fkin' British writers My inclination to adore everyone from Evelyn Waugh to Charles Dickens from Alex Garland to Zadie Smith seems very ingrained VERY DEEP inside me primordial there must be SOME bloody reason why I find most English fiction so alluring I think it has mostly to do with mood It may linger deliciouslyThe best book I've read all year though not including Graham Greene's The uiet American is about a microsociety of students in a boarding school hybrid named Hailsham While there they do rounds and rounds of arts and crafts and come of age together grow up yet there is something so not right with their seclusion and it takes page upon page to discover why it is that they are there It is horrific it is bizarre this secret is handled with so much craft that it is indeed this attribute that marks this outstanding uite brutal masterpiece apart from all others There is an incredibly subtle mastery of several different genres here Sci fi meshes impeccably with allegory which is played out in the manner of a Gothic romance Because the characters are trapped in all of this the end result is The Genre Supreme Tragedy I feel so bad for Ruth Tommy especially for Kath the wise but all too frail narrator but at least their petition which is the book's title is true This one is now on the list of all those I cannot let go or do without

  5. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    Let me start by saying that my review might contain some plot spoilers However I personally don't think that knowing the plot in advance will in any way diminish the enjoyment of this story The beauty of this book is not in the plot but in its executionAnother friendly warning Never Let Me Go is for some reason often classified as science fiction This is why so many readers end up disappointed I think This novel is literary fiction at its finest So if you look down on literary fiction and consider books written by authors like Ian McEwan Margaret Atwood and Jose Saramago pretentious this is not a story for youNow to the novel itself Kathy now 31 is a former student of an English boarding school Hailsham Hailsham is a school for kids with special purpose All education in this school is geared towards conditioning its student to accept their special destiny as a given As Kathy is getting ready to make her first donation while being a carer for other donors she recounts her life in Hailsham and on her own mostly in a form of anecdotes about herself and her best friends Ruth and Tommy their rivalries jealousies and affection for each other There is nothing particularly shocking gruesome or intense about Kathy's story and yet it leaves you with a sense of being a part of a nightmareAfter reading uite a few reviews of the book I can say that I loved the aspects of it that many abhorred What other readers say about Kathy her detachment her lack of fire and rebellion about broke my heart What can be heartbreaking than witnessing human lives wasted? Let me tell you witnessing lives taken away from people who do not even realize what is being taken away from them people who do not understand the value of their existence people who do not know they have a right for There is of course much to the story The novel explores the futility of human life its un bargainable eventual completion and how we all choose to deal with the inevitable end But for me personally the pain of Kathy's uiet resignation to her fate was what stood out and touched me the mostIn many ways Never Let Me Go reminded me of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Only Kathy is a step further from Offred If Offred knows what horrors she is subjected to but has no strength or will to change her circumstances Kathy doesn't even know that her life purpose her destiny is inhumane This work is also to me very reminiscent of Ian McEwan's Atonement McEwan is a master of subtle build up to an almost unbearable life shattering moment but Ishiguro is a master of subtle telling without telling foreshadowing and emphasizing the gravity of the unsaid What else can I say about this novel? Never Let Me Go is a masterfully written work of fiction which raises uestions of what it is to be human what you choose to do in the face of an impending death and what happens when science is not accompanied by ethics Subtle eerie chilling and poignant One of the best books I have read this year

  6. Ian "Marvin" Graye Ian "Marvin" Graye says:

    Imagine a restaurant London mid 2003Publisher Hey K we need another novel and we need it uickK I know I knowPublisher Another “Remains of the Day” Something Hollywood can turn into a hitK I’m working on itPublisher Any ideas?K Well I’ve been reading some Jonathan SwiftPublisher Who?K You know “Gulliver’s Travels”Publisher Oh yeah Jack Black It's in pre productionK Well he had a modest proposal about how to stop the children of the poor being a burdenPublisher I’m with you yep delinuents sounds goodK he wanted to stop them being a burden to their parentsPublisher Yep with youK and the CountryPublisher Yep a Thatcherite angle I think it’s Maggie’s time againK Anyway he had this idea that you could kill two birds with one stoneyou could end the kids’ misery and the poverty of their parents at the same timePublisher Let me guess you could eat them ha haK You’ve read it?Publisher No wait you’re kidding me aren’t you?K No that’s the whole point of the storyPublisher What eat your kids?K No not your own kids other people’s kidsPublisher How could anyone do it?K He goes into that stewed roasted baked or boiledPublisher YuckK He even talks about making them into a fricassee or a ragoutPublisher It’s a bit out there KK I was thinking of updating it a bitPublisher How would you do that?K I was thinking I could tell the story from the point of view of a midwife whoPublisher Someone who has to care for the kids?K Yeah until they turn 12 months or somethingPublisher Let me guess then she hands them over to a child butcher or something?K YeahPublisher Look I can see where you’re going with this but it all sounds a bit grotesueK That’s the whole point It’s an allegory for our timesPublisher I just don’t know whether it’s got legsK Legs? You’re kidding meit’s got every damned limb and organ you can think ofPublisher I don’t want to think of it I can just imagine the reviews They’ll call it “The Remains of the Meat Tray”K Ha I hadn’t thought of that I was going to call it “The Remains of the Creche”Publisher It gets worseK No honestly I was thinking of “Never Let Me Grow”Publisher You mean likenever let me grow up?K YeahPublisher Do you think you could turn the people into pigs or something you know like “Animal Farm”?K I was sort of hooked on the idea of using people and narrating the story in a really dead pan voicePublisher I don’t know about dead pan it sounds frying pan to meK If it’s dead pan people won’t be able to tell whether it’s set in the future or the present They won’t know how close to reality it isPublisher I just don’t know what I think about this eating babies stuffK But it’s like sci fi you can do anything in sci fiPublisher Look if we let you do this they won’t be calling it sci fi they’ll be calling it sci fryK If you let me do it I guarantee we’ll be able to get Helen Mirren to play the midwifePublisher Who?K Helen Mirren you know the ueenPublisher No no Look if you can tweak it you know think about my idea for a second set it on Animal Farm make it about cloning pigs so they can grow body parts for other pigs or somethingK I know put some wizard animals in it and call it “Hogparts”?Publisher Come on take me seriously K just clone it up and tone it downK I’ll think about itPublisher I’ll see if I can get Keira Knightley to voice one of the pigs K She’s hotPublisher You could call it “Never Let Me Go”K What does that mean?Publisher It’s a song my mother used to play Jane Monheit sang itK I could get used to it Don’t know what I think about the name Monheit though Publisher It does sound a bit German doesn't it?K What would you think if I called her something English in the bookPublisher Like Judy Bridgewater?K Who’s Judy Bridgewater?Publisher It’s my mother’s maiden nameK Sounds good to mePublisher Look I normally like to respect an artist’s integrity but hey you’re the artist so I guess that makes it OKK Do you think I could get to meet Keira Knightley?Publisher I think so look I’ve been thinking about it maybe it’s not such a good idea to turn Keira Knightley into a pigK Sometimes you can’t really see the depth of your own characters until you can imagine who’s going to play themPublisher So no pigs?K No pigs I don’t mind the cloning bit thoughOriginal Review April 16 2011Some More Serious ThoughtsI wrote the above dialogue before I even finished the bookI wanted to read the book before seeing the film which I will probably do in the next week or so during the holidaysWhen I wrote the dialogue I probably had about 50 pages to finish but the dialogue had taken shape in my head and I didn't want to risk losing itThere might have been a chance that it would be superseded by my final thoughts on the novel itselfI had high expectations that I would finally get to appreciate the novel when I had finished it and absorbed the denouementUnfortunately it left me feeling dissatisfiedNarrative StyleI didn't find the narrative style appropriate or convincingIt is told in the first person by way of recollection of three different periods of Kathy's lifeThe periods are discussed chronologically although during each period there are occasional allusions to each other periodThere is a lot of internal detail about each period what was going on in Kathy's headDialogue between the characters is infreuent and sparseThe novel is overwhelmingly an interior monologueOccasionally there are lapses or flaws in Kathy's memory that she self consciously draws attention toPart of me wanted to say to the author It's your story just get it right you can remember anything you like because you're making it up anywayBut then I guess we have to differentiate between Ishiguro and KathyWe have to expect some flaws in the glass rather than a word and memory perfect narrativeStill I was never really confident who Kathy was talking to it wasn't just an interior monologue there were occasional mentions of a you a second person to whom she was talkingIf you had sat down to tell this story to someone else I think you could or would have told the story far succinctly and selectivelyThe detail and the repetition of environment atmosphere and mood bulk up the painting but they don't add to the depthEach new layer of paint is superimposed on the previous layer so that while there might be a lot of paint on the canvas it is physically rather then metaphorically deepThe Geometry of LoveSPOILER ALERTWhile Kathy Ruth and Tommy live in an horrific environment perhaps a metaphorical euivalent to a concentration camp the novel deals with the uality of their humanity under these circumstancesThe guardians might have been trying to work out incidentally whether they had souls but ultimately what we learn is that the positive aspects of human nature can survive or prevail despite the circumstancesIt's interesting that the characters' uest for love initially seemed to be motivated by a belief that it would postpone their donations and prolong their livesWhile this belief turns out to be mistaken Kathy discovers that love is worth seeking in its own right regardless of any conseuences or notions of cause and effectRuth promoted the belief in the life prolonging effect of loveIn effect Kathy acuiesced in it and never deliberately interfered in or disrupted the relationship between Ruth and TommyHowever when she comes to the end of the story perhaps she realises that she should have been less acuiescent and let herself express her love for TommySo ultimately Never Let Me Go is a love story a triangular one at thatLife is short you just have to get on with it you have to take your true? love wherever you can find it even if someone else gets hurt in the processWhen we pair up in love there is always a chance that someone will miss out or get hurtThree into two won't goPerhaps this is actually calculus rather than geometry but you know what I mean

  7. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    I had this book on my TBR shelf for years without realizing that it was essentially dystopian science fictionThe main character is a woman in her early thirties reflecting back on her life as a child at a private school in England Kids in the school grew up in an isolated but almost idyllic setting; not knowing their parents but realizing somehow they were “special” After finishing school they live together in small groups in cottages before heading out into the world on their own The story is set in the late 1990’sFrom the very first page we learn something is not right just from the language We read that they have become “carers” and “donors;” their teachers are called “guardians” and later in the story a group goes out to look for an older woman who looks like one the school kids and might be her “possible” We also learn they can have sex but are incapable of having children and that after their third of fourth “donation” they have “completed” So we catch on pretty uickly what life has in store for these kids There are some genuine mysteries though Why does the school seem obsessed with encouraging them to do creative work giving them awards and collecting the best work to go to a gallery that they never see? Where does it go and who sees it and why?Much of the plot is built around a three way love story between a boy and two girls at school All three are good friends but the boy and one of the girls are a couple That girl is controlling and domineering and prevents the relationship between her boyfriend and the other girl from developing Late in life a romantic relationship develops between the other girl the young woman who is our main character and the now young man In fact she becomes his “carer” Is the love they develop better than it would have been years ago? Or is it too late and stale? This uote explains the title “Because maybe in a way we didn’t leave it the school behind nearly as much as we might once have thought Because somewhere underneath a part of us stayed like that fearful of the world around us and – no matter how much we despised ourselves for it – unable uite to let each other go” I thought it was a good story; it kept my attention all the way through although not uite as good as the author’s best known work Remains of the Day

  8. Madeline Madeline says:

    You know those random stock characters in sci fiaction movies the ones who never get names or any lines? They're always spending their precious few minutes of screen time getting shoved out of the way as the hero hurtles desperately down a hallway or watching from a safe distance as a climactic fight goes on or diving out of the way whenever a murderous cyborg smashes through their office window Have you ever wondered what those people's lives were like? Have you ever thought to yourself Man this movie's interesting and all but I want to know about that guy who owned the hotel where Sarah Conner hid from the Terminator I bet he leads a fascinating life believe me he doesn'tImagine if someone decided to write a book about this kind of person The result is Never Let Me Go semi spoilers ahoy you've been warned So the book is about a sort of alternate universe England where people are cloned and the resulting kids are raised in isolated boarding schools spending all their time painting and playing sports and getting vague hints about how when they get older they'll have to make donations We learn eventually and with no drama whatsoever that these kids were created specifically as future organ donors and that's all they're meant for Ishiguro introduces us to Kathy the narrator and her friends who lived at one of these schools with her Ruth and Tommy As I said we gradually and laboriously learn about the school's real purpose but it seems almost like a subplot because the majority of the book is just Kathy nattering on about her school and how she and Ruth got into a fight this one time and also she had a crush on Tommy but he and Ruth were dating so Kathy had sex with some other random guys and oh my god can we get back to the organ donor thing? Seriously the whole book is like that we get the sense that there's some creepy futuristic stuff going on in the background but our protagonists don't care because they're too busy telling us about that one time Kathy lost her favorite cassette tape and it was very upsetting Even when it seems like a plot's about to start it's always a false alarm The trip to a nearby town that the three characters take to find a woman they think may be Ruth's possible a person she may have been cloned from doesn't pan out and we realize that the real point of the trip was an attempt to convince the reader that Tommy and Kathy have some sort of romantic attraction to each other Ruth's possible and everything it might have meant is abandoned so that Ishiguro can have another chance to demonstrate his astonishing inability to create any kind of chemistry between two characters And the end Without giving anything away I'll just say that Kathy and Tommy finally get all the answers about their school and what was actually going on and they respond bygoing about their lives in the exact same way as before I mean good God Even though this is supposed to be some sort of intellectual science fiction I don't care There's cloning and dystopian undertones; ergo it is sci fi And I like my sci fi loud shiny and dramatic with lots of explosions and computers that talk There's a reason Harry Potter starts when he gets his Hogwarts letter folks Because no one wants to hear about ordinary people being ordinary that's kind of the whole point of fiction

  9. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    The thing I enjoy most about Ishiguro’s writing is the sheer level of depth he gets into his characters; he captures all the intensity of real emotions whether they are self serving or destructive His writing style is simple plain even but he builds up many layers within his storytelling to unleash the full symphony of conflicted feelings in powerful burstsHowever I saw none of his brilliance here Indeed for all his talent I don’t think this novel was as effective as The Remains of the Day or even When We Were Orphans For me this is a lesser novel by a great writer This is his most popular work and his most critically acclaimed and I think that’s only because of the particular themes he explores here This is science fiction but I prefer the term pseudo science fiction It’s slightly futuristic but the fictional elements are relatively comparable to what man can do today Vivisection transplant is nothing new Organ donors are nothing new This book is very similar to the movie “The Island” 2005 where a select group of people have special clones bred for the singular purpose of providing them with replacement body parts What I find interesting is how these two were released so close together For me such forms of artifice reflect the worries and concerns of that decade Discussions over designer babies and animal rights issues in regards to testing transplants and cloning were often in the media If we look back to the Victorians the elements in the literature reflected the concerns of the age This is true for all literary movements; I just used this one for an example but the point is I think this novel reflects an aspect of the time in which it was written And for me that’s why I think it’s worthy of study it's timely But did I enjoy it? Not overly Do I think it is a success artistically and dramatically? Not really For me the novel continuously fails to deliver The retrospective narrative remains detached from the happenings Granted the voice has lost all sense of hope and is looking back at a life of sorrow and incompleteness but it just didn’t have a sense of life You could say that’s because she is semi human in the state imposed on her but for me it was too despairing And that’s coming from someone who counts Edgar Allan Poe amongst his favourite authors The inability of the characters to uestion the situation also somewhat puzzled me Surely they must have had some glimpses of thought that considered their present situation an injustice? There was a lack of inuisitiveness into the morality of the situation And this when paired with their complete failure of recognising their own feelings about each other made the narrative feel slightly incomplete They didn’t seem to look beyond their own situation As a reader we make our own judgement calls but where were theirs? A certain emotional immaturity that bordered on the absurd ran through the work Overall I can see why this book is so popular But I don’t think it’s all that Ishiguro’s other books are much accomplishedFacebook| Twitter| Insta| Academia

  10. Esteban del Mal Esteban del Mal says:

    I had previously avoided this book having heard it referred to as British science fiction And when I hear British science fiction I think of Dr Who Then I think about all those childhood snuff film fantasies where Captain Kirk zaps him Phasers set to kill dammit Inter dimensional traveling dandies in phone booths are the exception to Federation regulations What is it about the British anyway? A phone booth? That's Superman's bag baby Superhero envy much? The sun may have never set on the British Empire but we Yankees have a guy who can fly faster than the speed of light But then I found myself alone in a big bookstore in a big city trying to divine what the angelic face on the book's cover was looking askance at itself manipulated no doubt like the fictional clones whose story it was fashioned to sell and thinking of Kurosawa's definition of art being about the ability to look at humanity in its entirety without flinchingMulligan I flinchedBut Kazuo Ishiguro hasn't And he doesn't think much of me Or you And he's probably correct in that judgment Imagine the most genteel tea sipping people gathered around fine china in a flowery patterned drawing room somewhere in the English countryside A shaft of midday sun shines through drawn curtains as they politely discuss the day's happenings Then imagine Leatherface Jack the Ripper Lex Luther Sarah Palin and Michael Jackson's dad ransacking everything around them starting at the furthest perimeters of the house slowly working their way toward our happy people and ultimately cannibalizing them Then imagine both groups acting as if this is completely normal Nary a word of protest or uestioning mind you That's what this book is like to meIt was very difficult to read in the psychological sense of read The pathos was too overwhelming I had to take a break from it about two thirds of the way through I tried to tell myself that it was because I had read the bulk of it as I was hidden away in some claustrophobic hotel room or that I found the prose tedious at times In truth though it succeeds in shining a light on human nature and I just couldn’t bear to look The story made me uncomfortable and I hated myself for returning to it after having put it aside I was irked by the characters my inner Kirk screaming SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING The lethargic creepiness made me realize that no not only was nobody going to do anything but that neither I nor you nor any of us are all that different from the people who harvest these poor souls for their organs After all I'm a fat and happy first worlder who less and less has a care or thought for all those who are exploited to make my life possibleWe homo sapiens adapt to anything and hang our hats on the most contorted and worn rationalizationsI would grind my teeth and ask Where is their Marx? Their Malcolm X? Fuck I'd have settled for Stalin or Benedict Arnold But maybe the revolutionary gene had been isolated and bred out of their clone bodies a distinct possibility owing to the imperfect knowledge of the first person narrator What's worse is that whereas science may have manipulated them to be docile we all of us have been likewise manipulated by the inertia of historyAs I have written I grew tired with what I saw as tedious prose the catalog of details about everyday life cited by the narrator But then it dawned on me that this cataloging is exactly the sort of thing a dying person would do Life would take on urgency What you and I may take for granted is pregnant with wonder to the condemned In fact happy serendipity this view is supported by a study cited in the November 2009 issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin researchers have found that those who profess to be in love are analytical And what is someone condemned to die other than someone in love with life?I winced at Ishiguro's condemnation of liberal half measures in the face of social norms The narrator and her group of friends are raised in an almost humane manner educated encouraged to cultivate personal friendships with one another encouraged to pursue art And while they represent the exception an experiment to demonstrate that clones have souls they are condemned nonetheless All the petty jealousies and transcendent friendships that framed their short beautiful lives are consumed by larger society And while there is never a mention of God the closest they come is looking up a former instructor who is only mildly repulsed by them and who bids them eat from the Tree of Complete KnowledgeRepeat after me I am pathetic I am powerlessKirk succumbing to the Borg after all

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