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Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

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MiddlingMum Thu 05-Oct-17 21:43:38

Is any one else pleased about this? I love many of his books and was really pleased to hear the news.

I'm going to do some re-reading to celebrate, starting with The Remains of the Day.

Anyone else?

Springbreeze Thu 05-Oct-17 21:45:25

I agree. Remains of the Day was a remarkable book - so haunting and beautiful understated writing. I was delighted and surprised that there isn't more of a fuss being made about a British writer winning it.

AliceLutherNeeMorgan Thu 05-Oct-17 21:50:48

I was thrilled to hear this - particularly as I've just started re-reading The Remains of the Day this week and remembered how much I loved be it. I'd go for Never Let Me Go again but I'm not sure if my nerves can take it

He's so brilliant!

MadeinBelfast Thu 05-Oct-17 21:53:18

I'm really pleased too. There are a few of his books that I haven't read so this has motivated me to get on with it! Never Let Me Go is a book I've recommended a lot as it seems to be a bit less well known (amongst my friends anyway).

TheOtherNNB Thu 05-Oct-17 21:55:27

I’ve just stuck Remains of the Day on my to-read list today

CakeBeTheFoodOfLove Thu 05-Oct-17 21:55:56

So, having not read any of his, which would be the best one to start with?

AnneLovesGilbert Thu 05-Oct-17 21:58:43

Delighted! And what a lovely unassuming man.

Never Let Me Go was one of the most beautiful haunting memorable books I've ever read.

Maudlinmaud Thu 05-Oct-17 21:59:56

I'm delighted. I really enjoyed nocturne's (I think not sure of the spelling) My eldest is reading when we where orphans at the moment, she normally only reads Jodi Picoult so it's interesting to see this grin

Tinycitrus Thu 05-Oct-17 22:01:57

The buried giant Is beautiful

Maudlinmaud Thu 05-Oct-17 22:05:40

Cake never let me go would be a good place to start. Although the nocturne's one I mentioned was an easy pick up put downer, it was short stories iirc, some better than others but memorable at the same time.

TheFallenMadonna Thu 05-Oct-17 22:06:24

Never Let Me Go is on the English Literature GCSE specification, but sadly I don't think it's a popular choice with schools.

CakeBeTheFoodOfLove Thu 05-Oct-17 22:09:12

Thanks Maudline, Never Let Me Go has been the most mentioned so will give that a go.

ZeppelinBend Thu 05-Oct-17 22:09:59

I've never read Remains of the day but Never Let Me Go is one of my top ten books. I love dystopian fiction and it's incredibly haunting.

Shadow666 Thu 05-Oct-17 22:10:07

That's such great news. He's such a wonderful writer. I thought Remains of the Day would be an utter slog to read but I was so surprised how beautifully written it was. I couldn't put it down. I loved Never Let Me Go too. I will put The Buried Giant on my "to read" list.

Sandycarrots Thu 05-Oct-17 22:10:24

Totally thrilled with this news; I am a huge admirer!

LittleWitch Thu 05-Oct-17 22:12:31

I love his writing. My favourite is An Artist of the Floating World. Remains would be a good one to start with. I started Never Let Me Go but I found it too frightening to finish.

MiddlingMum Thu 05-Oct-17 22:22:51

My favourite is The Remains of the Day, followed by An Artist of the Floating World. Never Let Me Go is also good, and I found it more interesting than disturbing.

I wasn't so keen on The Buried Giant, more because the genre Ishiguro was exploring doesn't really interest me, than because I didn't think the writing was good.

A long time ago I met Kazuo Ishiguro and he was utterly charming and modest, very interested in his readers and grateful for their support.

TinklyLittleLaugh Thu 05-Oct-17 22:28:57

Hmm, I've read Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, but actually I don't particularly rate him at all. I find his writing a bit...cold and I can't really engage with his characters.

AndromedaPerseus Thu 05-Oct-17 22:30:47

Remains of the Day is a sublime book and won the Man Booker Prize.--I also think the film is great and very true to the book-- His other books are also beautifully written and haunting. So pleased he's been awarded the Nobel prize.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Thu 05-Oct-17 23:19:28

The Remains of the Day, A Pale View of Hills and An Artist of the Floating World. Any really other than Never Let Me Go.

Shadow666 Fri 06-Oct-17 04:51:47

He’s only written 7 novels. It shows the level of care and attention he puts into each book.

ChessieFL Sat 07-Oct-17 03:17:58

I loved Never Let Me Go, but found Remains Of The Day boring - I'm obviously missing whatever it is everyone else sees in it. I also tried The Unconsoled which was one of the most bizarre things I've ever tried to read and I couldn't get more than a quarter of the way through it. Havent bothered with any more after those experiences.

AnneEtAramis Sat 07-Oct-17 11:55:48

I bought Never Let Me Go at some point and it has been on my shelf. Conveniently I have just finished the book I was ready so am starting today. I have read one chapter over breakfast and I am drawn in already, but feel a little bit sick at what's happened in just that chapter.

HappydaysArehere Sat 14-Oct-17 09:21:53

Really pleased he won the Nobel Prize. Loved Remains and most of his others. However, didn’t care for Never Let Me Go but then I don’t like dystopian novels as a rule. I haven’t read The Buried Giant as I had a look at the described general plot and thought it weirdly unappealing. Perhaps others can tell me it is really enjoyable.

ShowMePotatoSalad Sat 14-Oct-17 19:41:44

The Remains of the Day - such a subtle and heartfelt book. A beautiful book, in fact.

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