LitBirthdays November 8, 2010

November is

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month


National Drum Month


Jewish Book Month

National Novel Writing Month
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November 8 


Kazuo Ishiguro (born November 8, 1954) – U.K. / Japanese novelist, short story writer – The Remains of the Day (1989) [2017 Literature Nobel Prize]

Read a biography of Kazuo Ishiguro  here

Gabriele Annan, reviewing an earlier novel in the New York Review of Books, noted that “After one puts down his novels, insights go on plopping into one’s mind like drops from a tap that is supposed to be turned off.”

Kazuo Ishiguro protests the stereotyping of his writing style as Japanese

Mr. Ishiguro was indeed born in Japan but has not lived there since he was 5 years old.  ”The tendency to keep a calm surface, the tendency toward understatement of feeling and emotion, these were qualities that were attributed to my early writing,” Mr. Ishiguro said. ”I just wrote them the way that seemed right to me. I wasn’t trying to write them in an understated way, a Japanese way. It just turned out to be my voice.”

Read novelist Margaret Atwood’s appraisal of Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

One motif at the very core of Never Let Me Go is the treatment of out-groups, and the way out-groups form in-groups, even among themselves. The book is also about our tendency to cannibalize others to make sure we ourselves get a soft ride. The children of Hailsham are human sacrifices, offered up on the altar of improved health for the population at large.

Read about Kazuo Ishiguro’s jazz lyrics

I want to be awakened by a faulty fire alarm
In an overpriced hotel devoid of charm
Then fall asleep back in your arms… I wish I could go travelling again

Watch / listen to Kazuo Ishiguro talk about his writing and the making of a film from his novel

Jewish Book Month – 30 Days, 30 Texts

30 Days, 30 Texts Day 7


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