Never Let Me Go 7-12 post

January 5, 2012

As I’ve continued to read “Never Let Me Go,” I’ve found that I can’t set the book down. At the end of every chapter Ishiguro leaves you wanting to read more and more because you want to uncover the secrets of the Hailsham students.

                There are three parts to this novel. After chapter nine you enter into part two. Part two moves away from Hailsham. The students have graduated and from my understanding around 8-10 students are sent to different places around Hailsham to live with veterans. Ishiguro’s main character and the narrator of the story, Kathy and her close friends were sent to the Cottages. I still feel left in the dark when it comes to what the cottages look like. The way Kathy describes the Cottages it seems to me that it is a rundown farm that they are living on. Where they spend a lot of time outdoors exploring their surroundings and in the winter they try and keep as warm as possible because there isn’t a lot of heat. Other than those minor details, I’m still trying to comprehend what exactly the Cottages are.

                One thing I found interesting, was when Kathy was dancing in her room and Madame saw her and started crying (Note: this is back at Hailsham not the Cottages). Kathy was dancing to a song by Judy Bridgewater. Kathy’s favorite line was “Baby, baby never let me go…” and she played it over and over again. On the particular day that Madame caught Kathy dancing in her room, she was spinning around with a pillow holding it like she would a baby. Kathy thought the song was about a woman, who could not have a baby and then when she finally had one she was so scared something was going to happen too it so she sang “Baby, baby never let me go…” So Kathy would replay this lyric over and over again dancing with the pillow. When Kathy felt the presence of someone else in the room she turned and saw Madame crying. I don’t know about anyone else, but I found this strange. My first impression of Madame was a stern woman who “laid the law” down at Hailsham. I pictured her like the Trunchbull on Matilda. When she was crying in the hall because Kathy was dancing I became extremely confused. Why was she crying? Could it do with the fact that the girls at Hailsham couldn’t have children?

                I feel like I have so many questions in this book. Thankfully, most of my questions from my last post have been answered in this section of reading. But with chapters 7-12 I now have a whole new set of questions. Why can’t the Hailsham girls have children? Why are the students of Hailsham so interested in sex? Why did Miss Lucy leave Hailsham and what makes here so angry about the school? I have so many questions, but maybe that’s why I can’t set the book down because I want to find the answer to my questions.


One Response to “Never Let Me Go 7-12 post”

  1. kailadavis said

    I also saw Madame as a sort of Ms. Trunchbull at first, but I’m beginning to see that she really does have a heart and isn’t simply a tyrannical headmaster. The scene where Kathy is dancing is what first tipped me off to it, but in the last few chapters, I saw a much more blatant display of emotion from her. On the subject of the Cottages, I agree with what you said about the “run-down farm,” and it makes me consider how little the people in charge of the donor operation as a whole must care about the children.

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