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A Good Place To Start

The Remains of the Day 7
When We Were Orphans 3

A Bad Place To Start

The Unconsoled 2
When We Were Orphans 1


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Kazuo Ishiguro

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Please consider recommending where to begin reading this author, or where not to. A few words about your experiences reading this author and why you make the recommendations you do will be helpful to other users. If you are the author or have studied this author extensively, please say so.

Marian November 7th, 2006 10:24 AM PST

Since no favorite has been posted here, I just went to Amazon.com (just to read reviews! not to purchase! I promise!)* ... to look at the customer comments on his novels.

Several of the contributors there have commented on more than one book by Ishiguro, and ALL OF THOSE people say that "Remains of the Day" is far and away their favorite.

*Remember: Browse everywhere, but PURCHASE at your local independently owned bookstore!

bookbug November 12th, 2006 11:04 AM PST

"The Remains of the Day" is a great introduction to Ishiguro's meticulous, painstaking and very moving work. I'd say start there for sure.

LilyB November 12th, 2006 10:04 PM PST

His early novels, "A Pale View of Hills" and "An Artist of the Floating World" may be his most beautiful and lyrical. Although all his novels are in some way about loss, these first ones have a softer tone than "Remains of the Day" and later works, and are wonderful complements tothem.

LucyStoner December 29th, 2006 02:27 PM PST

"Remains" rocks. It's so funny and sad and sweet. One of the greatest novels ever.


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This is the bio on the website of Faber (UK publisher of Ishiguro):

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1954 and came to Britain at the age of five. He attended the University of Kent and studied English Literature and Philosophy, and later enrolled in an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of the novels A Pale View of Hills (winner of the Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (winner of the 1986 Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, and shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (winner of the 1989 Booker Prize), When We Were Orphans (shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize and Whitbread Novel of the Year) and Never Let Me Go.

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