One of the most popular contemporary authors, Kazuo Ishiguro has so far produced six highly regarded novels which have won him international acclaim and honours, including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread Award and an OBE for Services to Literature.
This Reader's Guide:
* evaluates the various responses to Ishiguro's work, beginning with initial reactions, moving on to key scholarly criticism, and taking note along the way of what Ishiguro has offered
* discusses each of Ishiguro's novels, from A Pale View of the Hills (1982) to Never Let Me Go (2005)
* features three in-depth chapters on Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day (1993)
* analyses reviews, interviews and scholarly essays and articles in order to situate the novels in the context of Ishiguro's ouevre
* explores themes and issues which are central to the author's fiction, such as narration, ethics and memory.
Lucid and insightful, this is an indispensable introductory guide for anyone studying - or simply interested in - the work of this major novelist.
MATTHEW BEEDHAM is Professor of English at Vancouver Island University, Canada.
Introduction.- Bad Memories: A Pale View of the Hills (1982).- A Troubled Artist's Art: An Artist of the Floating World (1987).- The Remains of the Day (1993): Reception and Narration.- The Remains of the Day 2: Historical and Postcolonial Readings.- Remains of the Day 3: Interdisciplinary Approaches.- Who are The Unconsoled (1995) and Where Do They Live?.- Detecting the Past: When We Were Orphans (2000).- Questioning the Possibles: Never Let Me Go (2005).- Conclusion.- Notes.- Select Bibliography.- Index.