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5 Dec 2005

A Conversation with Kazuo Ishiguro.

Written by sally @ 8:10 am — Section: sally

Sally: Hi.

Kazuo Ishiguro: Uh, hi.

Sally: I hate to interrupt you while you’re having your double soy mocha java latte grande with a shot of vanilla, but can I talk to you for a moment?

Kazuo Ishiguro: Well, I —

Sally: Great. I really wanted to like your book, Never Let Me Go, but um, I didn’t finish it. And let me tell you: I only don’t finish the books that I find truly problematic — Specimen Days, for example — so this is quite serious. I’d like to discuss why.

Kazuo Ishiguro: You’re putting my book in the same category as Specimen Days? The book with the slurping and the moaning?

Sally: Well, heh heh, um, not, uhh, not really. Just in terms of Books I Couldn’t Finish For Some Reason.

Kazuo Ishiguro: This is going to be great. I can’t wait to hear more from the person who writes recaps of reality television shows.

Sally: I know! There’s only two episodes left of Top Model and Survivor! And Project Runway starts again this Wednesday! I can’t wait! Although they’re bringing back that annoying Daniel again.

Kazuo Ishiguro: That wasn’t my point.

Sally: Oh — well, Dancing with the Stars starts again in January. Do you watch that one? That’s going to be pretty good, too.

Kazuo Ishiguro (sighs): Never mind. Can we get this over with? What’s the problem with my book?

Sally: Oh, that. Ok, well, you know, I like a lot of details. I mean, a LOT of details. I like songs with a lot of words, I like hearing people tell stories where I hear what color stripes were in the t-shirt of the kid in 3rd grade who smelled like bologna —

Kazuo Ishiguro: You had one of those in your class, too?

Sally: I think everyone did. Anyway, I like details. And it wasn’t that Kathy H.’s narration had too many details. It was that the reader knows what the big secret is on page 4 or so, and Kathy H. never does, and I even flipped ahead, like 150 pages, and Kathy H. is still like “here is another story laden with details and I wondered, what does it mean?” and I just couldn’t devote myself to several more days of reading a book where I know something that the characters don’t and having to listen to them try to piece together the big mystery.

Kazuo Ishiguro: This probably says a lot more about you than it does about me.

Sally: True dat.

Kazuo Ishiguro: I just noticed that you actually read By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept.* I can’t believe you finished that and not my book!

Sally: Has Morrissey written a lot of songs that can be directly traced back to your book?

Kazuo Ishiguro: No.

Sally: Allrighty then.

Kazuo Ishiguro: Moron.

(Kazuo Ishiguro walks away.)


*I don’t know why this link won’t work, but go up to the search box and type in “morrissey’s favorite book” and you’ll see the post about this wretched book.

One Response to “A Conversation with Kazuo Ishiguro.”

  1. gorjus said:

    I’ve heard such conflicting things about this new book, but really, this may sum them all up. I do like the sumptuous detail often present in his books, but I’m still not sure about Gattaca-lit, yet.