I was also pleased by Dylan's election, not without certain reservations about more Nobels going to songs' lyrics writers.
: Nope. No Ishiguro on the lists of the linked
: article. Actually, the only author on the
: supposed favorites list that I've read (or,
: frankly, heard of) is Atwood. (No, never
: heard of Krasznahorkai.)
: 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.)
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: 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?