Never let me go: Kazuo Ishiguro
Posted by Frank Burns
A novel that begins with the protagonist, Kathy, introducing herself as a 31 year old carer, may lead the reader to make certain assumptions: does she care for an elderly relative or is she a professional carer? She tells her story and takes us back in time to her boarding school, Hailsham. All this may seem unremarkable but there is no mention of teachers (only guardians) and their curriculum is confined to only poetry and art. Then there is talk of donors and donations, of a mysterious lady, called Madame, who comes periodically to take samples of their art for the Gallery, of their sterility and inability to have children in the future…………………. Ishiguro is a master of the art of keeping the reader (along with the characters in the story) mystified.
Things are revealed slowly both to the reader and to the characters. We discover their destiny in parallel with their progressive understanding of their own future. What may initially look like the story of ordinary adolescents approaching adulthood turns out to be something very different. This is the Brave New World that could have been……… or may still await us in the future.