After The Remains of the day the other standout of Ishiguro's oeuvre and also his most recent. Written in a deceptively easy style it reads very smoothly and although almost from the start you know something's not right it takes a while to figure out what. Like the children at Hailsham school Ishiguro tells but doesn't tell; it's mostly between the lines. I think because of this the realization of how things are hits you even harder. Not only is it a sad story, it's also horrific, but as a reader you're quietly taken along until the bleak ending. I especially liked the beautiful last scene, with all the past debris washed ashore in some backfield in Norfolk. A touching, great book.

23 March 2009


The first, or one of the first, science fiction classics. Hence, a must read and worth its place on the Quest & Adventure list. It's a very readable novella that cuts right to the chase. The bulk of the book is set in the year 802,701 AD and tells an enjoyable story of survival in the future. Yet I think I liked the unexpected last bit the most, where the Time Traveller witnesses the demise of the Earth. Short, but very beautiful. Am looking forward to more Wells.

2 March 2009


An already famous novel from a pretty famous contemporary author. I decided to see what all the fuss was all about. Had read a review that especially focused on the language in the novel and it was nice to experience it myself. It is certainly interesting language; short, mattor-of-fact sentences in staccato style. Only takes one page to get into the rhythm and once you're in it's quite difficult to get out. The story is absolutely bleak and apocalyptic but somehow it doesn't just depress. It does, but it immediately redeems itself. I can see why Oprah Winfrey selected the book for her book club: because you feel with it, with the father and son and their hopeless voyage. I guess it's a very good combination of that Oprah emo-thing and great literature. Will check out more of McCarthy.

2 January 2009


An enjoyable re-read. Especially after such a while. I think it's been at least 5 years - this novel deserves to be picked up again. It's always nice to see which bits you remember and which have slipped your mind. Although in this case I still remembered the plot well, a number of important elements seemed almost new again. And I guess that's a good thing. Being older and wiser (hopefully) I could appreciate the book more fully, but I could enjoy the more straightforward things in about the same way. Maybe again in 5 years or so?

21 December 2008


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