Kazuo Ishiguro


Born
in Nagasaki, Japan
November 08, 1954

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Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ or 石黒 一雄) is a British novelist of Japanese origin and Nobel Laureate in Literature (2017). His family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980. He became a British citizen in 1982. He now lives in London.

His first novel, A Pale View of Hills, won the 1982 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. His second novel, An Artist of the Floating World, won the 1986 Whitbread Prize. Ishiguro received the 1989 Man Booker prize for his third novel The Remains of the Day. His fourth novel, The Unconsoled, won the 1995 Cheltenham Prize. His latest novel is The Buried Giant, a New York Times
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Average rating: 3.83 · 683,626 ratings · 53,464 reviews · 39 distinct worksSimilar authors
Never Let Me Go

3.81 avg rating — 387,265 ratings — published 2005 — 208 editions
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The Remains of the Day

4.11 avg rating — 161,125 ratings — published 1989 — 234 editions
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The Buried Giant

3.47 avg rating — 54,935 ratings — published 2015 — 105 editions
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When We Were Orphans

3.48 avg rating — 22,027 ratings — published 2000 — 100 editions
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An Artist of the Floating W...

3.75 avg rating — 17,551 ratings — published 1986 — 90 editions
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A Pale View of Hills

3.73 avg rating — 14,964 ratings — published 1982 — 82 editions
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Nocturnes: Five Stories of ...

3.44 avg rating — 14,772 ratings — published 2009 — 96 editions
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The Unconsoled

3.53 avg rating — 8,620 ratings — published 1995 — 74 editions
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A Village After Dark

3.72 avg rating — 388 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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My Twentieth Century Evenin...

4.22 avg rating — 489 ratings — published 2017 — 16 editions
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March 2015, Kazuo Ishiguro
"An elderly couple eludes ogres, dragons, and peculiar memory loss on a journey through medieval Britain in The Buried Giant, new from the author of Never Let Me Go." ...More

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“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.”
Kazuo Ishiguro

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

“I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it's just too much. The current's too strong. They've got to let go, drift apart. That's how it is with us. It's a shame, Kath, because we've loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can't stay together forever.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

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February 2018 Revisit Poll

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1961, 277 pages, Last Read November 2010
 
  56 votes, 14.0%

Persuasion by Jane Austen, 1817, 249 pages, Last Read August 2015
 
  47 votes, 11.7%

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, 1848, 542 pages, Last Read April 2015
 
  38 votes, 9.5%

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, 1726, 306 pages, Last Read September 2013
 
  35 votes, 8.7%

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 1923, 194 pages, Last Read March 2015
 
  35 votes, 8.7%

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1922, 422 pages, Last Read January 2014
 
  34 votes, 8.5%

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989, 258 pages, Last Read January 2017
 
  32 votes, 8.0%

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 1943, 496 pages, Last Read May 2013
 
  26 votes, 6.5%

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1818, 273 pages, Last Read October 2016
 
  25 votes, 6.2%

Paradise Lost by John Milton, 1667, 453 pages, Last Read December 2012
 
  22 votes, 5.5%

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, 1930, 213 pages, Last Read March 2012
 
  18 votes, 4.5%

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847, 867 pages, Last Read October 2011
 
  18 votes, 4.5%

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, 1596, 237 pages, Last Read September 2016
 
  15 votes, 3.7%

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