Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Kazuo Ishiguro,Thankfulness and other Thoughts.
What if our sole purpose was to become instruments of comfort and eternal life for others?
That is the premise in Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, an innocent, elegiac novel of coming of age.
It is a story about human clones who are nurtured to be fully humans. Their lives have all the requirements for success and usefulness in a proper society. Their needs for love and companionship, for history and past connections are every one's needs. The story begins in a boarding school and ends as the protagonist goes off to tend to another sick person about to donate his/her organs, and live out their purpose in life. What she finds reassuring in all this pain-filled world she ended up in, are the memories she has of her childhood with friends, when life was innocent and full of small surprises and constant friendships. She never questions her purpose in life; she is grateful she has such wonderful memories.
This is a very sad story.
But what if this really happened?
To what extremes will we go to prolong life, to cut back our pains and discomforts?
If you have not read Never Let Me Go, you have missed another gem from the author of Remains of the Day.