This chapter explores Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and its artful deployment of memory in structuring the ‘pleated’ shape of its narrative. Although superficially about clones, the novel’s true concerns are those of mortality and value. By looking in detail at the passages concerning the Judy Bridgewater cassette, the chapter will demonstrate the novel’s ‘concertina effect’, or the way that Kathy’s memories fold into each other and gradually unfold as the story progresses. This narratological process mirrors the compressed lives of the protagonists, whose reduced life-span stands in a metaphorical relationship to that of normal human beings.
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