Never Let Me Go
By Kazuo Ishiguro
Why this book?
Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth are boarding school students of Hailsham, where they are educated and protected by adults known as “guardians.” The students of Hailsham are clones, bred so that their organs will one day be harvested and donated. Donations are made until the clone “completes” – a euphemism for their inevitable death. Despite knowing this, Kathy, the narrator of the novel, and the other characters accept their fates. They don’t protest or rise against the system that sees them as commodities; instead, they choose to distract themselves by creating and maintaining an insular mythos about their world. That Kathy tacitly consents to her own destruction is perhaps the most difficult aspect of the novel to accept. Never Let Me Go is an incredible, heartbreaking masterpiece.
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