British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017. He has written seven critically acclaimed novels. The following are his most notable:
The Remains of the Day
Stevens, a retired butler in 1956, reflects on his life serving Lord Darlington. During his thirty year career, he saw many changes in England from the beginning of World War I to the rise of Nazism and the Second World War. Stevens is rather oblivious to certain facts about his employer and his devotion to service causes him to ignore Darlington’s dangerous political affiliations as well as the housekeeper’s love for him. This novel was made into the 1993 film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go is a dystopian love story told from the perspective of Kathy. Kathy lived at Hailsham, a secluded English private school where the students were told they were special. The reader is taken back in time to Kathy’s childhood at the school and her friendship with fellow classmates, Ruth and Tommy. Though the narrative never overtly states the reason why the children are special, the reader is able to figure it out as the story unfolds. This novel was made into the 2010 film starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightly, and Andrew Garfield.
A historical novel set after the death of King Arthur, Buried Giant is a about a couple who go looking for their long lost son. A strange mist has caused them to have amnesia, making difficult to remember many things that have happened. There are other people on a journey as well, including a knight, a warrior, and an orphan. They begin to travel along side the couple and eventually start to recall the memories of the past.
When We Were Orphans
Christopher Banks is a English boy who was born in Shanghai when it was still controlled by the British. Both of his parents go missing when he is still very young and Christopher is sent to live in London. Now a renowned investigator twenty years later, Christopher returns to Shanghai to unravel the truth behind his parents’ mysterious disappearance.
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