neville from norwich wrote:So, Ishiguro then.
I've only read Remains of the Day
, An Artist of the Floating World
, and Never Let Me Go
. I was fairly nonplussed by RotD, it's a very reserved, slow and cautious tale about a slow, reserved and cautious man. I was waiting for the inevitable twist to really bring about an emotional wrench of some significance, but it never really came, in my view.Never Let Me Go
is similarly reserved and cautious in its approach, which seems to be very much the hallmark of Ishiguro's writing. His work feels defiantly pre-war in style. But this book was really powerful I thought, in the way the crushingly bleak future that each child faces is just dropped casually, occasionally into the narrative. It's a sci-fi that doesn't revolve around a reveal so much as a slow tearing away. This is the one I'd recommend, although it does get accused of plagiarism quite often, it seems that the theme might not be as unique as I believed.
Btw, Rateyourmusic's literature board had a bit of discussion about him recently, which might be of interest. I actually go there more for that board more than the music board, which is a bit inane. https://rateyourmusic.com/board_message ... id=6787734