ABSTRACT. When values, norms, traditions and theories seem to have lost their compass, Kazuo Ishiguro provides his readers with a harsh lesson about moral values, for Never Let Me Go reinvents the definition of humans and replicas. Concomitantly, he destroys the identities of his characters, annihilates their past, cancels their future, pushing them towards an ephemeral present. In this regard, he develops a language of his own, making use of recurrent terms that engender the subtext of the novel. They are transparent words in their essence, which undergo a metamorphosis once the author sets pen to paper, generating multiple valences and scenarios, creating misgivings and frustrations, persuading the reader to reread, to deconstruct and to reassemble signs and meanings, forcing him to surrender and to follow his credo that words vibrate and communicate before they have been grasped. pp. 25–30

Keywords: Kazuo Ishiguro; identity; subtext; humans; replicas; misgiving; metamorphosis; ambiguity

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