Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Dopolni besedilo z manjkajočimi besedami. Prva črka in prevod sta dana. / Fill in the gaps with suitable words. The first letter and the translation are given.
The book tells the story of a group of children who have been brought up at Hailsham, apparently an idyllic, p_______________ (1=NAPREDNA) English boarding school. The school has dorms and beautiful grounds, team sports and monitors, but also a strong emphasis on “creativity” (at Hailsham, pupils are bullied for being bad at art). Like many boarding schools, it has its own slightly cultish language and traditions: teachers are “g_______________ (2=VARUHI)” and before the monthly “sales”, students can be heard ritually wishing for “a bumper crop” of “goodies”.
But it gets stranger. The children do not have surnames – they are called things like Reggie D and Arthur K (an effect somewhere between Kafka and Enid Blyton). They do not have parents. Nor do they ever leave the school. Some of the teachers appear to be scared of them. And all the time there are passing references to a strange regime of “carers” and “donors”: it seems that all Hailsham children will be first one, then the other.
The system remains shrouded in euphemistic jargon – the word “organ” is hardly ever spoken – but clearly, the long-term p_______________ (3=NAPOVED) for “donors” is not good. “My donors have always tended to do much better than expected,” says Kathy H, the narrator, with disingenuous optimism. “Their r_______________ (4=OKREVANJE) times have been impressive, and hardly any of them have been classified as `agitated’, even before fourth donation.” More ominously still, there is talk of donors “completing” after this fourth donation.
As in Ishiguro’s previous novels, this is all revealed in a roundabout, unspectacular style, strong on nuance and pathos. His n_______________ (5=PRIPOVEDOVALKA) conspicuously avoids telling us the important things. Now 31, she is looking back on her life at Hailsham and discussing some very prosaic c_______________ (6=SKRBI): she wants to explain how she fell out with Ruth and Tommy, her best friends from Hailsham, and how she was later reconciled to them.
She talks in a sort of social worker’s drone, all professional cant and washed-out idiom (“When it came down to it…”; “Anyway, I’m not making any big claims for myself.”) The horrible future that is in store for her and her friends only g_______________ (7=POSTOPNO) looms up through the studied banality of her narration.
Never Let Me Go is a very strange novel. It appears, on the face of it, to be a cautionary tale about c_______________ (8=KLONIRANJE). Except the story takes place in some kind of parallel England, where the obvious arguments about the atrociousness of farming humans have no force. For the Hailsham students, there are no efforts to argue and no redress – except for Kathy and Tommy’s touchingly p_______________ (9=USMILJENJA VREDEN) attempt to have their donations deferred because they love each other. There isn’t even any authority to appeal to – there are only Kafkaesque intermediaries: “guardians”, “whitecoats” (doctors) and caretakers. All news of their condition comes in the form of half-understood rumour. They have access to cars and money, but it never o_______________ (10=PRIDE NA MISEL) to them to run away. They face it all with stoicism, a distressing d_________________ (11=PREDANOST) to the donor ethic. “It can’t be good,” says Tommy upon hearing about a friend’s demise. “Completing at the second donation. Can’t be good.”
Gradually, it dawns on the reader that Never Let Me Go is a parable about m_______________ (12=SMRTNOST). The horribly indoctrinated voices of the Hailsham students who tell each other pathetic little stories to ward off the grisly truth about the future – they belong to us; we’ve been told that we’re all going to die, but we’ve not really understood.
Inevitably, reading Never Let Me Go is not exactly an e_______________ (13=PRIJETNA) experience. There is no aesthetic thrill to be had from the sentences – except that of a writer getting the desired dreary e_______________ (14=UČINEK) exactly right. But the novel repays the effort in spades, building to a surprisingly moving c_______________ (15=VRHUNEC) and echoing around the brain for days afterwards.
(Adapted from telegraph.co.uk on 13 March 2005)