I’ll be honest, I don’t diligently follow the Nobel Prize, and I didn’t have much of an opinion about Bob Dylan being the recipient last year beyond ‘huh?’
But this year it went to one of my all-time favorite authors, so I’m pretty thrilled. Congratulations, Kazuo Ishiguro!
- A Pale View of Hills (1982)
- An Artist of the Floating World (1986)
- The Remains of the Day (1989)
- The Unconsoled (1995)
- When We Were Orphans (2000)
- Never Let Me Go (2005)
- Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall (2009)
- The Buried Giant (2015)
I’ve read all of his novels and a few stories out of Nocturnes. I find his prose style to be mesmerizing and subtle; poignant and heart-wrenching, but almost paradoxically restrained. The unique style he achieves is absolutely masterful. He likes to revisit themes of the passage of time, the fallibility of memory, questions of mortality… his novels are all melancholy and striking. I think he’s a really unique talent, and I am very happy to see him recognized for it.
Have you guys read anything by Ishiguro? What’s your favorite novel of his? And how do you feel about him taking home the Nobel Prize in Literature? Comment and let me know!