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The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro, and another England
13 January 2023
Reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1988 novel, The Remains of the Day, twenty-years ago, changed the way British freelance writer Max Liu saw England. When Liu re-read the novel last year, he changed the way he saw the central protagonist James Stevens, the stoic butler of Darlington Hall, where much of the story is set.
It was one of the most profound reading experiences of my life. Partly, this was down to geography and timing. I grew up in Cornwall and, living hundreds of miles from home for the first time, I was ready to think about England and its meanings. This quietly subversive novel showed how the English obsession with class colours our emotions, speech and interactions. It changed the way I saw the country I thought I knew.
If you haven’t had the chance yet, check out the brilliant 1993 Merchant Ivory produced screen adaptation of the novel, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
Seriously though, what of Ishiguro’s work isn’t thought provoking, or somehow transformative?
books, Kazuo Ishiguro, literature, novels
Klara and the Sun wins the 2022 Tournament of Books
3 April 2022
Another gong for Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2021 novel Klara and the Sun, after winning The Morning News 2022 Tournament of Books. Ishiguro’s book went up against No One Is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood in the final round, and emerged the victor after winning eleven votes to six.
Running every March, the Tournament of Books is like an elimination contest, and starts with a longlist of fiction titles considered to be “worthy tournament competitors” that is formed in December. From there a shortlist of sixteen, sometimes more, books is produced, before they go head to head against each other, but that’s only a brief outline of how the tournament works.
Kazuo Ishiguro, Patricia Lockwood
Kazuo Ishiguro writing screenplay for Living, based on Ikiru
26 January 2022
British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Klara and the Sun, is writing the screenplay for South African film director Oliver Hermanus‘ new feature, Living, an English language adaptation of Ikiru, the 1952 film by renown late Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Bill Nighy and Aimee Lou Wood are set to star in the lead roles.
Dymocks 2021 Book of the Year shortlist
10 November 2021
Australian book retailer Dymocks have unveiled the shortlist for their 2021 Book of the Year award. Titles to make the cut include Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty, Who Gets to be Smart by Bri Lee, and one of the inspirations behind the name of this very website, Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro. The winner will be announced later in November.
Bri Lee, Kazuo Ishiguro, Liane Moriarty, literature