Never Let Me Go is a novel which haunts you long after you have read it .First published in 2005 by Faber and Faber ,
London , this 282 pages book was also made into a major movie , by the same name .
Hailsham school is a school for children who are cloned and who are brought up to become organ donors and carers. The ultimate destiny of these children is to keep donating their organs till they complete(die).The purpose of Hailsham is to brainwash these students so that they remain steady and dependable suppliers of organs as they grow into adults. These children remain puzzled at Hailsham with many unanswered questions and grow into confused adults. Their lack of understanding of the world outside is touching . Hailsham carefully ensures that they are sheltered from any such understanding .They look for their Possibles , the human beings they might have been cloned from .But they fail.
The novel is about the life of three such children – Kathy,Ruth and Tommy. None of them have parents but they crave security , parental figures and love one another. They have heard that if a boy and a girl deeply love each other , the couple can get deferral from donation of organs. Kathy grows into an excellent carer and tries her best that she never lets Ruth and Tommy go .But they finally have to leave , one by one .
“Never let me go” is a very touching novel and indicates how hope in these children steadily erodes as they grow up and begin to understand the world a little. They begin to realize turmoils and injustices of the world but have no choice but to keep calm .But still , they do indulge in small pleasures which life offers them in their situations.
Kazuo Ishiguro has written this powerful novel with great skill. The novel shocks and jolts us on many levels – cloning and its morality , keeping the children in the dark about the world outside while brainwashing them , developing spare organs for those who are rich and powerful and who control the system .Despite its dark aspects , the reading of this book is a very rich experience .
I recommend you to read this book .Incidentally ,this book finds a place in the list of 100 novels of the century , prepared by Time magazine in 2005 .