After The Remains of the day the other standout of Ishiguro's oeuvre and also his most recent. Written in a deceptively easy style it reads very smoothly and although almost from the start you know something's not right it takes a while to figure out what. Like the children at Hailsham school Ishiguro tells but doesn't tell; it's mostly between the lines. I think because of this the realization of how things are hits you even harder. Not only is it a sad story, it's also horrific, but as a reader you're quietly taken along until the bleak ending. I especially liked the beautiful last scene, with all the past debris washed ashore in some backfield in Norfolk. A touching, great book.
23 March 2009