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Nobel Prize for Literature 2017

Goes to Kazuo Ishiguru.

A good writer - not on par with Thomas Mann, T.S Eliot or Wisława Szymborska, but an ok choice.
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I always enjoyed his stuff. Very dry, up my alley.
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O...M...G...

The guy that wrote the only book I could not finish reading. BECAUSE IT INVENTED A NEW DEGREE OF BAD.

I've read a lot: from fanfiction to 19th century Russian literature. But his "The Unconsoled" drove me to insane rage.
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I love his works. Never Let Me Go actually never let me go...
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Old 05.10.2017, 15:42
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Never heard of him, what is his genre?
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I love his works. Never Let Me Go actually never let me go...
I loved it, too. Incredibly humane. And an awesome choice for Matu exams I was sitting for a couple of years. It really made young adults get out of prescripted thought patterns. I thought it was subtle and did not help interpretation, only the obvious and lazy one which we as a committee did not accept. Quite...a science of ethics and a study of classism. He grasped it better (with the consequences) than culture that invented it.
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Never heard of him, what is his genre?
You'll have watched "The Remains of the Day", I presume? That's one of his.
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Both "The Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go" had me, in different ways. I have not read other books he wrote.

Bravo!
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You'll have watched "The Remains of the Day", I presume? That's one of his.
I don't think I have actually, not all of it anyway. Is it the one with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins? Not really my "bag" as it were.
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I don't think I have actually, not all of it anyway. Is it the one with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins? Not really my "bag" as it were.
You missed your chance for chick film watching points. All in all, a tolerably good film.
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Never heard of him, what is his genre?
There used to 2 genres but then they invented more.
It's a bit sensitive, best not to ask any more.
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Re: Nobel Prize for Literature 2017

I have never read any of his books but liked the film of "The Remains of the Day". Thought about getting "Never Let Me Go" in light of this news, so looked on Amazon but the first couple of pages don't really grab me, plus the reviews are mixed, rather a lot of 1 stars.
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plus the reviews are mixed, rather a lot of 1 stars.
I don't know. Because The Unconsoled left such a bitter taste in me, I never tried anything else. I did like the movie "Never let me go", but to be honest, the 73 pages I managed to read from the Unconsoled managed to bubble so much revulsion in me like I didn't even know was possible coming from a book, so it put me off possibly permanently from this author.

I don't know if this is a case of the book being better than the movie, or upside down, but I don't think even the fact that he won the Nobel will get me to try again.

Not trying to offend the fans. This is actually the one author that gets me all reeled up because my brain did not know it was possible to stop reading a book - until I found his.
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De gustibus non est disputandum(:
Some might enjoy Ishiguro's NYer short story A Village after dark
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...after-dark/amp
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Re: Nobel Prize for Literature 2017

'An Artist Of The Floating World' is a true masterpiece, one of my favorite novels. I loved 'A Pale View Of The Hills', 'Remains Of The Day', 'Nocturns'.

'The Unconsoled' was... hmmm... tough going. There were parts I thought brilliant, parts that lost me.

But 'When We Were Orphans'... I almost could not believe it was the same author. Awful. Just awful. One of the few books I actually found myself getting mad at the author.

'Never Let Me Go... I'm on the fence about that one. Well written, but perhaps I had already overloaded on dystopian novels when I picked it up.

Haven't read 'The Buried Giant' yet... it's somewhere on my shelves, must go find it, see where it falls on the brilliant -> awful spectrum.

But on balance, the glorious 'An Artist Of The Floating World' sealed his reputation with me. I'm glad he got the prize.
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‘The buried giant’ isn’t as brillant as ‘Never let me go’, but it’s a nice read.

Time to discover his other books!
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Never Let Me Go is just painful. I think It's now a GCSE set text and I w ould rather teach any other text. Any. If you want a great spin on dystopia read Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now. Ignore the fact it's target audience is ostensibly teenagers.

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Well, to be honest, I think I have a list of writers whom I think deserve more than he is, but at least this year they award it to an actual writer/author
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O...M...G...

The guy that wrote the only book I could not finish reading. BECAUSE IT INVENTED A NEW DEGREE OF BAD.

I've read a lot: from fanfiction to 19th century Russian literature. But his "The Unconsoled" drove me to insane rage.
Not that bad, although I'm disappointed. They could have found at least two Japanese writers who really deserved this prize.
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Well, to be honest, I think I have a list of writers whom I think deserve more than he is, but at least this year they award it to an actual writer/author
I was for Murakami, I think he deserved it more as the quality of his work is more consistant.
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