Never Let Me Go is a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro that was first published in 2005. In the novel, Ishiguro proposes what initially seems to be a simple idea: human characteristics extend to artificial human lives, lives created in a laboratory. However, the work hints at a far more complex theme. By exploring the actions, thoughts, and dreams of the clones, Ishiguro draws attention to the value of certain experiences and qualities inherent to human life, including the heroic need to maintain hope.


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