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Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars Never Let Me Go is a contemporary realist novel about a friendship and eventual love triangle among … Continue reading

6 December 2017 · 4 Comments

A Note on Blade Runner 2049

[I posted this to Tumblr a few days ago and didn’t post it here because it doesn’t quite meet the more essay-like standards I’d prefer to maintain on this site. … Continue reading

17 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Laureate: Notes Toward an Introduction

Last night I dreamed I woke up this morning to find that the Nobel Prize in Literature had been awarded to a little-known English poet named Thomas Plum. I’d never … Continue reading

5 October 2017 · 1 Comment

In Defense of Pevear and Volokhonsky

Janet Malcolm contributes the latest polemic against Richard Pevear and Linda Volokhonsky (hereafter P&V), the famed husband-and-wife translators of the Russian classics, whose preeminence in their field is now being … Continue reading

4 June 2016 · 4 Comments

Poetry, Product, and the Novel: A Few Notes on Mark de Silva’s “Distant Visions”

Mark de Silva has written a superb polemic essay against the state of the literary novel in our time: “Distant Visions: Putdownable Prose and the State of the Art-Novel.” In it, … Continue reading

13 December 2015 · 4 Comments

Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills

A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars (Spoilers below.) It’s admittedly been quite a while since I read The Remains of the Day, … Continue reading

1 August 2015 · 1 Comment

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the few living Anglophone writers I’d bet the proverbial farm on. If literature … Continue reading

20 March 2015 · 3 Comments

An Artist of the Floating World: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Aestheticism

Kazuo Ishiguro’s second novel, An Artist of the Floating World (1986), is narrated retrospectively, from the post-war vantage of 1948-50, by the painter, Masuji Ono. Ono’s ambition caused him first … Continue reading

17 June 2014 · 2 Comments

Penitential Realism?

It’s been almost fourteen years since James Wood warned us about “hysterical realism,” presumably the major novelistic mode of the late twentieth century.  According to Wood, it is a mode … Continue reading

17 November 2013 · 4 Comments