Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go Description:

A tale of deceptive simplicity that slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro s finest work br br From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans a moving new novel that subtly re imagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love br br As a child Kathy now thirty one years old lived at Hailsham a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world brought up to believe that they were special and that their well being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life she stops resisting the pull of memory br br And so as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together unperturbed even comforted by their isolation But she describes other scenes as well of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham s nurturing facade With the dawning clarity of hindsight the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood and about their lives now br br A tale of deceptive simplicity Never Let Me Go slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro s finest work

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day Description:

In the summer of Stevens a long serving butler at Darlington Hall decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country The six day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and England a past that takes in fascism two world wars and an unrealised love between the butler and his housekeeper

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant Description:

You ve long set your heart against it Axl I know But it s time now to think on it anew There s a journey we must go on and no more delay br br i The Buried Giant i begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years br br Sometimes savage often intensely moving Kazuo Ishiguro s first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories love revenge and war

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

When We Were Orphans

When We Were Orphans Description:

An English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England he grows up to become a renowned detective and years later returns to Shanghai where the Sino Japanese War is raging br br The maze of human memory the ways in which we accommodate and alter it deceive and deliver ourselves with it is territory that Kazuo Ishiguro has made his own In his previous novels he has explored this inner world and its manifestations in the lives of his characters with rare inventiveness and subtlety shrewd humor and insight In When We Were Orphans his first novel in five years he returns to this terrain in a brilliantly realized story that illuminates the power of one s past to determine the present br br Christopher Banks an English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England he grows up to become a renowned detective and more than twenty years later returns to Shanghai where the Sino Japanese War is raging to solve the mystery of the disappearances br br The story is straightforward Its telling is remarkable Christopher s voice is controlled detailed and detached its precision unsurprising in someone who has devoted his life to the examination of details and the rigors of objective thought But within the layers of his narrative is slowly revealed what he can t or won t see that his memory despite what he wants to believe is not unaffected by his childhood tragedies that his powers of perception the heralded clarity of his vision can be blinding as well as enlightening and that the simplest desires a child s for his parents a man s for understanding may give rise to the most complicated truths br br A masterful combination of narrative control and soaring imagination When We Were Orphans is Kazuo Ishiguro at his best

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World Description:

In i An Artist of the Floating World i Kazuo Ishiguro offers readers of the English language an authentic look at postwar Japan a floating world of changing cultural behaviors shifting societal patterns and troubling questions Ishiguro who was born in Nagasaki in but moved to England in writes the story of Masuji Ono a bohemian artist and purveyor of the night life who became a propagandist for Japanese imperialism during the war But the war is over Japan lost Ono s wife and son have been killed and many young people blame the imperialists for leading the country to disaster What s left for Ono Ishiguro s treatment of this story earned a Whitbread Prize

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

A Pale View of Hills

A Pale View of Hills Description:

In his highly acclaimed debut A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko a Japanese woman now living alone in England dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter Retreating into the past she finds herself reliving one particular hot summer in Nagasaki when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the war But then as she recalls her strange friendship with Sachiko a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy the memories take on a disturbing cast

Rating: 3.38 out of 5

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall Description:

One of the most celebrated writers of our time gives us his first cycle of short fiction five brilliantly etched interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character br br A once popular singer desperate to make a comeback turning from the one certainty in his life A man whose unerring taste in music is the only thing his closest friends value in him A struggling singer songwriter unwittingly involved in the failing marriage of a couple he s only just met A gifted underappreciated jazz musician who lets himself believe that plastic surgery will help his career A young cellist whose tutor promises to unwrap his talent br br Passion or necessity or the often uneasy combination of the two determines the place of music in each of these lives And in one way or another music delivers each of them to a moment of reckoning sometimes comic sometimes tragic sometimes just eluding their grasp br br An exploration of love need and the ineluctable force of the past Nocturnes reveals these individuals to us with extraordinary precision and subtlety and with the arresting psychological and emotional detail that has marked all of Kazuo Ishiguro s acclaimed works of fiction

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

The Unconsoled

The Unconsoled Description:

Ryder a renowned pianist arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give But then as he traverses a landscape by turns eerie and comical and always strangely malleable as a dream might be he comes steadily to realise he is facing the most crucial performance of his life br br Ishiguro s extraordinary and original study of a man whose life has accelerated beyond his control was met on publication by consternation vilification and the highest praise

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

A Village After Dark

A Village After Dark Description:

Short Story A Village After Dark The New Yorker

Rating: 3.30 out of 5

An Artist of the Floating World & The Remains of the Day

An Artist of the Floating World & The Remains of the Day Description:

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Rating: 3.25 out of 5