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Re: It's a problem for me anyway. Danae al'Thor Send a noteboard - 07/04/2011 08:42:20 AM
In Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Kathy H. (truly, I hate that Kafka-reminiscent thing where a surname gets compressed down to initials in a Western setting. It’s a South Indian norm, and not quite as dehumanising or alienating or marginalising or off-balancing as it probably is to a Western reader, so I always forget that it means something when I read it) is a “carer”, coming to the end of her days in that near-professional capacity. (Precisely what the “carer” does is not made clear, though it obviously is something akin to what nurses do, albeit in a very specific area.)

Probably, since they're not "real people", they don't actually have surnames. The letter at the end is just to distinguish them from others who have the same first name. It would be the entirety of their "surname". After all, the purpose of surnames is to show whose family you belong to, and it can't be said that clones belong to a family.

(I realise that you might actually be saying that you know that but I find your wording ambiguous so think that this response is useful anyway. :P)


I know this, but the whole point of "not having a surname" = "not having a family" = "not belonging to anyone" = "not human" is lost on me, mostly because I am going, it's a perfectly valid surname, Kazuo Kafka, shut up!
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