Review Of The Novel Never Let Me Go By Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro is a British writer of Japanese origin. In 2005, he published his novel Never Let Me Go, which exploded the minds of reading and thinking auditory. The novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro develops in a dystopian world where human clones are created to donate their organs once they have reached a certain age. The novel is about the life of Kathy and her friends Ruth and Tommy growing up in Hailsham. In the novel, there are many conflicts in which are developed throughout history. In the novel, Ishiguro raised the theme of modern society. Using the characters of ordinary people to tell his story, Kazuo Ishiguro feels the need of his readers for which he created his characters copyrighted during the novel. When the novel is finished reading, readers would know the characters better than any human being who has met another human being because they are practically themselves. That is part of the purpose of literature to give an understanding of human nature and human behavior by providing silent signs in the novel.
Notable, not all the time people understand the motives of other people in real life. But in the literature, the author often helps the reader to understand better the purposes of the characters and their roles in the novel, giving ideas of why the characters behave in a certain way. This is one of the reasons why people read books, to understand why other people behave either in a good or bad way. Many times the reader seeks in the novel for exceptional heroes because ordinary people do not fill their expectations to be part of a story. The author only talks about the thoughts, feelings, goals, and desires of each particular character along in the novel so the characters can attract the attention of the readers and somehow, the readers can have a connection with a specific character. The writer chooses what to tell and what to hide in the novel, but at the same time, each character is a person who has a unique appearance, temperament, individual habits, and traits that can change throughout the story. To create a ‘perfect’ character according to the story, the reader needs to imagine what this character looks like, to know all his physical information.
Kazuo Ishiguro defines the second facet of the character as sociological. The author emphasizes that human personality is determined by the environment in which the person grows, regardless of whether the person is a ‘real person’ or a ‘fictional character.’ It is the character himself who generates conflicts depending on the environment and problems in which the character was created, creating a tension that attracts the reader’s attention because most people would want a resolution of the conflict. Then comes the result of the interaction. Much of the readers can think of himself, but for this, the author provides a framework that links the reader with the text, the characters with the reader.
So the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go novel most of the time is easy to read, but there is something, there is a ‘hidden topic’ in the text which is the author’s strategy to form a link between the characters, between the characters and the objects, between the reader and the text. The author transmits everything through clues and silence. Readers should be careful and read carefully to understand each part that the author discusses in his novel. When the audience starts reading, nothing is predicted and it evades them, what is behind the first pages, what kind of world it is and the rules. They can identify friendship and love, and behind them, there is a cruel world, a sad future, about which in childhood they had little of what they understood and knew. The characters of the novel hardly had a happy childhood and youth. However, they grew up in a good environment and they grew up as normal people with all the emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Knowing all that, it is hard to understand why the characters accept their fate. Unfortunately, they tried to live in a different way; they were told that it was impossible because they were no humans at all; therefore they could do nothing to change their life. After all, they grew up with the idea that donation is a natural process that they have to do when they reach a certain age. Sooner or later, everything will lead them to that because there was no way to get off their cruel destiny. This idea gets into the mind and the heart of each reader. Like the silence of the closest people who already understand a lot without words, Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro is like that.
After reading this book, there are many extraordinary sensations. As if the reader understood something about life and transmitted them in the novel, but it is a little difficult to understand anyway. There are also sensations as they knew that all the time they are only acting and they knew everything that people would see, but in the end, they show something completely different. Therefore, the audience was given a lesson and an incredible desire for life for everything that seems familiar. The author’s interests always focus on the complex interaction between man and destiny. The characters are in a situation where they are forced to decide if their actions would affect their destiny and the destiny of the world around them and how they do it. In which there is only one approach to the problem because when they face the cruel destiny that they have to live, the heroes tend to look back, and they do not have longer the opportunity to change events or influence on them. This gives rise to a situation of moral choice in which the narrator is forced to accept the past consciously or unconsciously, leaving unpleasant memories that only bring sadness. This feature is shown in Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.
Another problem that occurs in Ishiguro novel is the ‘free will.’ In the novel they do not show the freedom of any of the characters since they do not control their own destiny and much less their freedom to choose. There are different ways in which heroes manage their freedom, some voluntarily renounce to their free will, voluntarily deprive themselves of their personal opinion and the right to make decisions independently. In the same way, absolutely all the characters and even guardians of the novel Never Let Me Go since they are deprived of their freedom, who by themselves seem to be only victims of the historical process. Unlike Stevens, they are deprived of everything, including the illusions of their right to make decisions. All Ishiguro characters who only follow the rules given and easily give the right to dispose of them. That is why Ishiguro’s heroes are not looking for a way out; they do not even try very hard to achieve their freedom since the only objective is to regulate the situation itself without changing it.
In this book, everything is authentic and believable. The history of human clones that throughout life try only to understand and accept the only destiny they have in life that everything is to surrender for the good of man, without leaving a trace or asking for something in return because they were created for that. The author raises several ethical questions that are not new in the world of dystopia and fiction, like what would be the price that others have to pay in order to live in a beautiful world, what would be of soul if it appeared with the help of technology, the things that man would probably have to do to survive. If there would be someplace for love, and friendship. Ishiguro presented a different image of the world that some people might accept to survive. He achieved all this in a short story of a clone called Kathy, who spent reliving her memories over and over again when she was happy, having her friends. The novel is not simple; it is mostly reflective since it makes its readers think about life and how everything is important in it.
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