Knowing how the Nobel committee operates, I figured Atwood had no chance. They're not going to give it to a Canadian twice in five years. By the same logic, none of my favorite American authors will likely ever receive one since they're all too old to survive until the Nobel committee gets around to picking another American: Pynchon (age 80), DeLillo (age 80), Cormac McCarthy (age 84), or even (not one of my favorites) Philip Roth (age 84). No chance for Joyce Carol Oates (age 79), either.
And for the record, I was among those pleased by the Nobel to Bob Dylan. He revolutionized song lyrics single-handedly. Before Dylan, they were basically all love lyrics, après Dylan le déluge. And, for better or for worse, song lyrics have had a much more profound impact on culture than any novelist, poet, or short fiction writer in the past 50 years.
Anyway, I'm reasonably pleased about Ishiguro. I was quite taken with The Buried Giant, but I have read nothing else. I intend to do so even more now.
The author whom I think is both deserving and from a nation that has not been awarded a Nobel in several years is Haruki Murakami. (Surely Ishiguro must be considered a British author, not a Japanese one.)
: We have to talk about this, no? I guess I'll
: Surely nobody has much of a problem with the
: selection of Ishiguro. He may not be the
: best of the candidates (he may be; I'm sure)
: but at least we've all heard of him and
: thought of him as a writer of literature.
: I had not read Ishiguro until this year.
: When we chose The Buried Giant, I decided to
: read The Remains of the Day, which Guillermo
: had so enthusiastically reviewed. I enjoyed
: TRotD more than TBG, but TBG was ok. Had we
: not chosen that, I probably would have read
: Never Let Me Go as part of my project of
: reading 21st century novels. I may well
: still read it sometime soon.
: I found this article:
: Didn't read the whole thing, but skimmed the
: names. Didn't see Ishiguro's anywhere. I
: think the Nobel likes to surprise. Of the
: supposed favorites, the only ones I've read
: are Atwood and Krasznahorkai. I probably
: think Atwood is a better writer than
: Ishiguro; I've enjoyed her books more at any
: rate. Krasznahorkai is fun to say.
: Always fun to see who wins the Nobel and to
: complain or approve.
: Anybody you hope to see win sometime?