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Katsuo Ishiguru - Never Let Me Go

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suzywong Mon 18-Apr-05 09:41:30

Absolutely haunting and wonderful

With the same themes as the others (Remains of the Day, Artist of the Floating World and Orphans); mico-cosmic mundaneites of lives of people tragically deceived on a grander scale.

I love him

just wanted to share (dont' do cyber hugs as you probably know)

suzywong Mon 18-Apr-05 09:42:11

Bum, spelled his name incorrectly, that should of course be IshigurO

Beansmum Mon 18-Apr-05 10:03:55

I just finished Never Let Me Go and to be honest I didn't think much of it. It reminded me of some of the crap ideas I got when I was doing 6th form english and was trying to be all deep and meaningful, I didn't care what happened to any of the characters and just wanted to get to the end so I could read something else.

suzywong Mon 18-Apr-05 10:05:52

well I can see what you mean, I am dying to get the end and for something to happen but I guess I am just enchanted by his style and I keep dreaming about the characters which as you can imagine is a bit dull as nothing really happens

Have you read any of his others?

mummytosteven Wed 20-Apr-05 17:28:28

oooh I've just read it as well, and thought it was absolutely fab. have read the others as well. I really couldn't stand the Unconsoled - it just went on and on forever, but enjoyed the rest of his stuff.

JoolsToo Wed 20-Apr-05 17:34:38

was on Jermey Vine's 'Page Turners' on BBC1 - reviewed by Ulrika Johnson and some woman who does the National Lottery - they deemed it not to be a page turner - however audience commentors gave it the thumbs up!

JoolsToo Wed 20-Apr-05 17:35:11

this is the one about cloning?

mummytosteven Wed 20-Apr-05 17:36:14

gah - you've spoilt the surprise now JT

JoolsToo Wed 20-Apr-05 17:56:10

have I? sorry - that's what they were saying on the programme - oops!

suzywong Wed 27-Apr-05 15:27:28

so is The Unconsoled the least good of his lot then?

Just as a footnote, I recently read some Mishima short stories, said to be the foremost Japanese novelist of the 20th C and it really gave me an insight into the pace and tempo of Ishiguro's writing style, the volume was called ^Death In Midsummer^, not the cheeriest of reads but worth it

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