Search Results: "Kazuo Ishiguro"


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NOCTURNES by Kazuo Ishiguro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2009

"Like sophisticated literary mood music, this book lingers in the memory, ringing true in theme and metaphor even when lacking plausibility."
A collection of five stylish stories from Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Lovely: a fairy tale for grown-ups, both partaking in and departing from a rich literary tradition."
A lyrical, allusive (and elusive) voyage into the mists of British folklore by renowned novelist Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS by Kazuo Ishiguro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2000

"Elegiac, meditative, ultimately emotionally devastating, and the purest expression yet of the author's obsessive theme: the buried life unearthed by its contingent interconnection with the passions, secrets, and priorities of unignorable other lives."
An eerie, oddly beautiful tale from the internationally acclaimed author revolves around an enigmatic ordeal essentially similar to that undergone in Ishiguro's The Unconsoled (1995). Read full book review >

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AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD by Kazuo Ishiguro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 1986

"Ono and his dilemma are rigidly contoured from the first—but we seem to be more reading about it than simultaneously suffering, feeling with it."
Set in the years immediately after WW II in Japan, Ishiguro's novel bears down upon a Japanese painter, Ono, now middle-aged, who has totally renounced his art, who decided (some years before) to make no more. Read full book review >

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THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 1989

"This novel has won high praise in England, and one can certainly respect the convincing voice and the carefully bleached prose; yet there is something doomed about Ishiguro's effort to enlist sympathy for such a self-censoring stuffed shirt, and in the end he can manage only a small measure of pathos for his disappointed servant."
An Artist of the Floating World featured Japanese characters; here, Ishiguro breaks new ground with a slow-moving rumination on the world of the English country-house butler. Read full book review >

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A PALE VIEW OF HILLS by Kazuo Ishiguro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1982

"And the result is evocative but oppressively unfocused fiction."
The present-day troubles and dark memories of Etsuko, a Nagasaki woman now living alone in England—in a strongly moody but ineffectually structured first novel. Read full book review >

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NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2005

"A masterpiece of craftsmanship that offers an unparalleled emotional experience. Send a copy to the Swedish Academy."
An ambitious scientific experiment wreaks horrendous toll in the Booker-winning British author's disturbingly eloquent sixth novel (after When We Were Orphans, 2000). Read full book review >

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THE UNCONSOLED by Kazuo Ishiguro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A brilliant novel that will almost certainly be remembered as one of the best of the decade."
The mixed blessings of celebrity and the estrangement from "normal life" of those who live for art are given haunting emotional and symbolic dimension: an imaginatively conceived and executed novel by the author of The Remains of the Day (1989), etc. The spirit and example of Kafka seem to hover over Ishiguro's mysteriously exfoliating plot, in which a celebrated concert pianist named Ryder finds warm welcome and much more in an unfamiliar (and unnamed) European city where, it seems, he has promised to perform a recital. Read full book review >

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HOORAY FOR SPRING! by Kazuo Iwamura
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"The tale ends with something of a soft thud, as mother bird arrives with a worm and the squirrels describe the adventure to their parents, but it makes for a sweet seasonal diversion nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Red-squirrel triplets Mick, Mack and Molly, having thoroughly enjoyed winter in Hooray for Snow! (2008), return for a springtime outing through the branches. Read full book review >

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BEDTIME IN THE FOREST by Kazuo Iwamura
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Pleasantly reminiscent of Beatrix Potter, with the squirrels' little overalls and the domesticated woodland interiors, though the trim size is fairly conventional. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Baby squirrels find unlikely new friends in their first non-seasonal outing (Hooray for Snow!, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOORAY FOR SNOW! by Kazuo Iwamura
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Iwamura's precise, fine lines and delicate watercolors conjure a wintry forest and blue-, pink- and yellow-clad kits just enough this side of cute to make this outing an entirely refreshing romp in the snow. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When squirrel triplets Mick, Mack and Molly wake up to a fresh snowfall, they want to do what any red-blooded rodent child would: go sledding. Read full book review >

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SEVEN LITTLE MICE HAVE FUN ON THE ICE by Haruo Yamashita
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Get the augur and poles ready—this is likely to have children clamoring to try their own hands at ice fishing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yamashita's septuplet mice are back, this time solving the problem of how to get their slip-cautious Mother to go ice fishing with them. Read full book review >