Kazuo Ishiguro Gets the Nobel!
Yes! This is fantastic news. Ishiguro is a sensational author and if you haven’t read him yet, do yourself a huge favor and get acquainted with this great writer.
The easiest choice is, of course, his famous novel The Remains of the Day. It is a beautiful novel and I love it. I gave it to N as our first-month anniversary because I needed to know if he was going to like it. Being with somebody who wouldn’t get it wasn’t an option. (He gave me Haruki Murakami for that anniversary. We both went Japanese for the occasion with the only Japanese authors we knew.)
My favorite novel by Ishiguro, however, is The Unconsoled. I read it 20 years ago, but I still think about it often. I truly wish he stayed with that kind of writing instead of sliding into the overly moralistic sci-fi and fantasy stuff of his later novels. Never Let Me Go, for instance, is very weak and also redundant. The whole thing had already been done by Isaac Asimov and a lot more elegantly, too. Let’s see if the Nobel gives Ishiguro some freedom from the need to moralize as aggressively as he’s been doing and lets him go back to exploring the beauty of the language.