ÄNTLIGEN! At last! Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize! 

As I said at least five years ago:

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the greatest authors of all time! He has been my undisputed favourite author for more than a decade, and he is worthy the prize for some of his works alone, like “The Remains of the Day”, “Never Let Me Go” and “The Buried Giant”!

I hope to meet him in person when he comes to Stockholm!

And yes, I already have his autograph!

Kazuo Ishiguro: The Buried Giant – unfortunately not a proper review…

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As Mr Ishiguro is my absolute favorite author since many years, and as his latest novel, The Buried Giant, is perhaps his greatest work, I have for so long wanted to write a proper review, but now I give up. I simply don’t have the language, talent, capacity to manage to do it. Instead I would just like to say a couple of words:

  • The Buried Giant is just like the Gospel of St. John. You can read it like just another nice book, or you can spend the rest of your life penetrating the different layers and levels of the story, and with your own imagination and thoughts fill in the blanks… You can also try to think of possible implications for our daily lives, and for our civilization at large.
  • Don’t worry when you hear that this is a fantasy-novel. When Mr Ishiguro “stretches the reality” a bit, it is never for its own sake.

Well that’s all. Not much and I wish I could do it better.

One Day, by David Nicholls

One Day, by David Nicholls

I’ve just finished reading this wonderful, sad, moving, and sometimes funny novel. It’s not the best novel I’ve read, and in opposite to “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro I don’t think that I would be reading it a second time. Anyway, I can highly recommend this book, especially for readers 40+ who have experienced both the sweetness and sadness in life. If you’ve already read it, please tell us how you liked, or not, this novel.

Penguin’s Clothbound Classics

Jane Austen - Persuasion

My reading project for A.D. 2013 will be to read and collect the gorgeous books in the series Penguin’s Clothbound Classics,

 http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/0/pubsetpages/clothboundclassics/

I have already ordered Persuasion by Jane Austen, and I hope that I’ll be able to handle the 19th century English. The cost is ridiculously low if you compare with Swedish fiction.

Fountain Pens in Literature

She drinks pints of coffee and writes little observations and ideas for stories with her best fountain pen on the linen-white pages of expensive notebooks. Sometimes, when it’s going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationery.The true writer, the born writer, will scribble words on scraps of litter, the back of a bus tickets, on the wall of a cell. Emma is lost on anything less than 120gsm.

From “One Day” by David Nicholls

Books: “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro

 What is love?

What is friendship?

What is missed opportunities?

What is happiness?

What is loyalty?

And above all: What is dignity?

In my humble opinion Mr Kazuo Ishiguro is nothing  less than a genius,  and this, the greatest of the novels  I’ve  read, is alone worth a Nobel Prize. I you haven’t read this, you’re happy as you  have one extraordinary reading experience left.

På svenska heter boken:  “Återstoden av Dagen”

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