Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

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  • 05 Oct 2017 at 2:25 pm #9831

    Rick Wallach
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    I just caught this announcement when I got back to my hotel in Mainz, Germany where I’m attending the American Literature Association’s international symposium on the short story. Bravo for Ishiguro. It’s a well deserved award. I’ve been a fan of his since The Remains of the Day was first published back in 1989, a book of tremendous elegance, subtlety, pathos and compassion. I’ll have more to say about this award when I get home but meanwhile, have at it.


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    05 Oct 2017 at 5:15 pm #9832

    robmcinroy
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    Hey Rick, glad to know you’re okay after the latest hurricane.

    I’m a big fan of Ishiguro. The way he shifts from reality into something other is extraordinary. The novel of his I hated was The Unconsoled but, paradoxically, it was the one that showed how great the others were. I hated the artifice in that novel because it was so obvious, in a way it wasn’t in earlier works.

    I’m just amazed that they’ve awarded two English language writers in successive years. Suggests there’s even less chance for McC to gain the accolade, unless he can carry on for another few years.

    Bring on The Passenger…


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    06 Oct 2017 at 12:23 pm #9833

    Rick Wallach
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    Yeah, really, bring on The Passenger already. I wanna have it in time for Monterrey next fall.

    Thanks for your concern. Our house did OK but our yard and, especially, our beloved fruit trees got really trashed. They’re now piled up in fat cylindrical segments out front waiting for the county to get around to scooping them up and hauling them away. We shall replant, but still a bitch. Now I have to buy my mameys, mulberries, papayas and black sapotes at the store for the next few years. Phooey!

    But Friendo is OK. He just shook it off.

    I agree with you about Unconsoled. I got the feeling Ishiguro was unconsciously competing with David Mitchell in that one. Never let Me Go blew me away, though. I think that scenario is the natural extension of cartel capitalism.


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    08 Dec 2017 at 12:03 pm #9927

    Richard L.
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    If you’re interested, Ishiguro’s Nobel acceptance speech is available at youtube in full.

    I was not surprised when he mentioned Proust’s REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST as his great inspiration, but what really surprised me is when he deconstructed THE REMAINS OF THE DAY and said that he had the novel written, but it was missing something, and as he pondered this he listened to Tom Waits singing “Ruby’s Arms” and it dawned on him what it was missing and he immediately set about fixing it.

    I then had to listen to Tom Waits sing it on youtube. The beautiful music overwhelms his voice, and I had to look up the lyrics. Now it is indeed beautiful after repeated listenings.


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    12 Dec 2017 at 3:07 pm #9940

    franzpeter
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    I’m unable to share the enthusiasm for the awarding of the Nobel to Ishiguro who’s writing has a kind of virtuosic brilliance of which I am instinctively wary. Never mind. I’ll credit him for flagging the Wait’s song though which (in contrast to Ishiguro) opens up like an untutored but wholly sincere street choir cranking up a Bach chorale. Great stuff. (And here’s a thought: Wait’s songs are so often akin to mini-movies someone should do an adaptation for the screen; especially his great masterpiece ‘Foreign Affairs).

    pf


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