by Kazuo Ishiguro
“It’s a shame” (283).
Although only said twice in the course of this novel, these three words sum up the emotions and heartbreak of Never Let Me Go. It’s a shame that time is unfriendly, that the characters are both told too little and too much of the truth. It’s a shame that in both the fictional world within the novel and in our world, life is complicated, messy and, at times, quietly painful, unbearable. But most of all, it’s a shame that Never Let Me Go ended so quickly, so fast.