Nadhira
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I don't think I understand the book. Can someone please explain?

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Patrick Tibbits Never Let Me Go is a metaphor for and a meditation on mortality. Learning of their fate, the clones do not rebel. Falling in love and having much to live for, they do not rebel. Losing pieces of their bodies to donations, they do not rebel.

Do you see the parallels around you? Children learn about death, and accept that they will die intellectually, but have no knowledge of dying. Throughout life, falling in love, enriching themselves, they smoke, drink, remain physically idle, eat themselves into diabetes. The increasing debility of old age, dying one cell at a time, brings realization of the true character of death, but it is often not enough to move them off the couch or away from the bonbons.

In the aggregate, the same denial and acceptance occurs. Life extension research is laughed at. Are you aware of any academic or scientific institution of good reputation which conducts research into immortality? The fear of dying is one of the most powerful human instincts, but the fear of struggling against it must be equally powerful.

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Jonkonfui I think this book is about feeling and not understanding.
I suggest people to watch the movie first in order to be able to focus on the characters: feel their worries, their need to belong and be part of the world with them and "from above".
Once you know what the "mystery" is, what the characters really are, you know that no matter what they do, their end can only be one.
Knowing beforehand that no matter what they do, their fate is already decided makes you feel the unbearable sadness and pain and in a way makes you as a reader, experience what the characters live in a much more powerful way.
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by Kazuo Ishiguro (Goodreads Author)
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