Book review: The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro, 2015

The Buried Giant is an enigmatic, allegorical novel. Do those two features work well together – can an allegory actually be enigmatic, because if it is then is it really an allegory (and if so of what?). These are the questions that I am grappling with in shaping this review, whereas I suspect they mayContinue reading “Book review: The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro, 2015”

Book review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, 2005

Wow. Just wow. I am a bit embarrassed that I have only now just got round to reading what must be one of the most powerful novels written this century. I can completely see why Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 2017. In terms of subtlety, control and lightness of touch this novel ranksContinue reading “Book review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, 2005”

Book review: The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989

The Remains of the Day is a subtle, detailed portrait of a life of self-control, restraint and sacrifice. It is narrated by Mr Stevens, an ageing butler, who in 1956 takes a road trip to the West Country, to visit a former colleague, Mrs Dean, formerly Miss Kenton. In the course of his largely uneventful tripContinue reading “Book review: The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989”

Book review: An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro – 1986

This novel addresses what most be one of the most difficult issues a country has to ever face – how to come to terms with overwhelming military defeat. For Japan, that defeat was all the more painful because its involvement in World War 2 was completely avoidable; and the end of the war, at HiroshimaContinue reading “Book review: An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro – 1986”