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    I'll have to reread that one. I wasn't too into it, but I think it was due back at the library and I had to power through it super fast

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    Mentioning the library, redhead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter_d View Post
    Great!! Very happy.
    I bet you had an orgasm when they announced the winner, peter,

    I am glad too. Not my favorite author but a good, solid choice (for a change).

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    I've actually read all of his books (there's only one I haven't currently got on my shelves)...

    ...not quite sure how to feel about that

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    Jane Austen+ kafka+ proust+ a little stir and not too much= you get Kazuo Ishiguro!
    Now that's classic :P

    Q:What about the criticism for Eurocentric awards?
    A:Well most of us speak multiple language and we can always ask others to give a report.
    Me: yeah, what a tackle!

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    Plus, you have a beautiful copy of the Buried Giant, Liam - right?

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    Yes, glad to have been tricked this year. I agree, solid choice.

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    What is important and what is really great - SA can keep decision in full secret. It's first time from 2007 when there was no any movement of laureate in odd lists. Great!

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    Her attempt to shrug off the Eurocentric comment was pretty cinrgworthy.

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    Overall, I'm actually quite pleased. Because my theory was proven, because I think he's a deserving writer, and because he's written science fiction and fantasy, so it's still kind of opening up the definition of literature

    Edit: Here's the motivation: "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

    Probably one their better ones in recent years.

    Also, it seems like they were just messing with us on social media.

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    Perhaps the first time I'd already read five books by a just-announced winner and The Remains of the Day is in my top five list of favorite books. The book collector in me is also happy as I have first editions of Ishiguro's first three novels in my collection as well as a postcard I received from him years ago in response to a fan letter I wrote to him while teaching in Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ater, Lividus, Ruber, & V View Post
    Plus, you have a beautiful copy of the Buried Giant, Liam - right?
    The original U.S. hardcover edition, yes,

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    If anyone is looking for an interesting place to start (or to revisit), I cannot recommend highly enough The Unconsoled. I read it 13 years ago, when I was 17, and it haunted me. Strange, dreamlike, vertiginous; I still think about it all these years later.

    Having said that, as polished a novelist as he is, I'm not sure about him as a winner. A safe choice. But hardly a controversial one. He's an excellent writer. Still, I was hoping for a radical winner. He's an ultra-, uber-safe one.

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    Honestly, can't really blame them for a safe choice after last year. And as far as safe choices go, he's a good one.

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    Well, that's that - haters gonna hate (and I'm seeing a few on Twitter already...), but I like his books.

    For anyone who's interested in a quality review of 'The Unconsoled', well, this ain't it, but you might be interested anyway

    https://tonysreadinglist.wordpress.c...on-lit-bistro/

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    Yeah, they totally messed with us with that post about the women writers LOL

    and what a way to bring back people's attention (and trust) to the prize, a solid novelist who everyone loves...

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    So, the Kipling Nobel fact was actually a hint... English writing young dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadshadz View Post
    "who ... uncovered the abyss beneath ...."..
    it's kind of stereotype. remember Harold Pinter and his motivation

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaveOneOnMe View Post
    I read it 13 years ago, when I was 17
    Are you telling us that you're 30?!?!
    Quote Originally Posted by HaveOneOnMe View Post
    He's an ultra-, uber-safe one.
    After Bob Dylan, that might be the whole point.

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