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Lectured by A-jen. About the author Kazuo Ishiguro 石黒 一雄 (born November 8, 1954) is aNovember 81954 BritishBritish novelist. Born in Nagasaki, Japan,

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3 About the author Kazuo Ishiguro 石黒 一雄 (born November 8, 1954) is aNovember BritishBritish novelist. Born in Nagasaki, Japan, his family moved to England in Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor's degree from University of Kent in 1978 and his Master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980.novelistNagasakiJapanEnglandBachelor's degreeUniversity of Kent Master'sUniversity of East Angliacreative writing course

4 Literary characteristics The chronology of his plotting is elaborate and the narration is highly subjective. first-person narrative style and the narrators often exhibit human failings. Ishiguro's technique is to allow these characters to reveal their flaws implicitly during the narrative.first-person narrative narrators

5 Literary characteristics creates a sense of pathos by allowing the reader to see the narrator's flaws while being drawn into sympathy with him.pathos ends many of his novels on a note of melancholic resignation Refined ability to capture the details and atmosphere of a period.

6 Literary Prizes He was featured in the first two Granta Best of Young British Novelists: 1983 and 1993.Granta He won the Whitbread Prize in 1986 for his second novel, An Artist of the Floating World.Whitbread PrizeAn Artist of the Floating World He won the Booker Prize in 1989 for his third novel, The Remains of the Day. An Artist of the Floating World, When We Were Orphans and his most recent book, Never Let Me Go, were both short-listed for the Booker Prize, with the latter being named the runner-up.Booker PrizeThe Remains of the DayWhen We Were OrphansNever Let Me Go In 1998, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.Ordre des Arts et des Lettres On Time magazine's 2005 list of the 100 greatest English language books since the magazine formed in 1923, Never Let Me Go was the most recently published book on the list.Time

7 Works (1981) Three short stories in Introduction 7: Stories by New Writers) (1982) A Pale View of Hills)A Pale View of Hills (1984) A Profile of Arthur J. Mason (Original Screenplay) (1986) An Artist of the Floating WorldAn Artist of the Floating World (1987) The Gourmet (Original Screenplay for the BBC; the script was later published in Granta 43)BBCGranta (1989) The Remains of the DayThe Remains of the Day (1995) The UnconsoledThe Unconsoled (2000) When We Were OrphansWhen We Were Orphans (2003) The Saddest Music in the World (Original Screenplay)The Saddest Music in the World (2005) Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go (2005) The White Countess (Original Screenplay)The White Countess

8 Honors for Never Let Me Go short-listed for the Booker Prize, for the 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award and for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award.2006Arthur C. Clarke Award Time magazine named it the best fiction novel of 2005 and included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English- language Novels from 1923 to 2005.Time ALA Alex Award in 2006

9 Setting The story takes place in a dystopian Britain, in which human beings are cloned to provide donor organs for transplants. (dystopian)dystopian Britain clonedorgans As Kathy, a 31-year-old carer living in England in the late 1990s, looks back at her school days at Hailsham, a picturesque establishmentnestling amid quiet countryside, an unsettling strangeness emanates from her reminiscences. (anti-pastoral tradition)

10 Style he now selects a scenario that wouldn't be out of place in science fiction, and, against the odds, suffuses it with human warmth and distress. Innocuous words — "carer", "students", "donations", "complete" — take on deepeningly sinister overtones. Gradually, through Kathy's rosy-tinted retrospect, the contours of a horrific situation loom.

11 Reviews “Not since The Remains of the Day has Ishiguro written about wasted lives with such finely gauged forlornness (like that novel, this one harrowingly concludes with someone weeping on a sea shore). That he contrives to do so in a narrative crawling with creepy frissons is remarkable. Not the least out-of- the-ordinary feature of this novel, with its piercing questions about humanity and humaneness, is the way it affectingly moves past gothic shudders to a wrenchingly desolate ending.” Review in the Sunday Times

12 Reviews 'Never Let Me Go': When They Were Orphans Art Chantry

13 Reviews “Brave New World. KAZUO ISHIGURO'S NOVEL REALLY IS CHILLING.” Margaret Atwood “It is brutal, especially for a writer celebrated as a poet of the unspoken. But it takes a while for us to get a handle on it. Since it's the nature of Ishiguro narrators to postpone a full reckoning of their place in the world, all we know in the early going is that we don't quite know what's going on.” (Washington Post)

14 Never Let Me Go is the third book in what could be called Kazuo Ishiguro's Bewilderment Trilogy. Like its predecessors, The Unconsoled (1995) and When We Were Orphans (2000), it is riddled with mystery.

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