My new favourite author is Japanese-British Kazuo Ishiguro. I read Never Let Me Go this summer, followed by a rather good film version of the same title, and I’ve just finished reading A Pale View of Hills. The latter is almost frustratingly abstract and odd, but such a lovely read that gives shivers at some parts. I was fascinated by the metanormal social interactions, the close attention that was given to seemingly ordinary moments and subtle suggestions of phenomena in the contemporary world. As for the former, imagine a sci-fi treatment of a classic boarding school story. Jarring, soothing, superb. Glad to be reading again.
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips: coincidence? I think not… And you get to read Shakespeare’s lost play!
Room by Irish-Canadian Emma Donoghue: told from the point-of-view of a 5 year old who grows up confined to one room