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Old 10-06-2017, 09:24 AM   #16
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Well you're in good company to think so. Jeff Bezos just tweeted that it's his favourite novel.

I keep meaning to read but the movie was already very powerful. I'd need to be in a very happy place to cope with the emotional gut punch if the book's as good or better.
My oldest son, now 37, watched the movie with me when he was about 18. The ending devastated him.

Love Christopher Reeve in that movie. He was so pretty back before his horrible accident. So much talent.
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:00 PM   #17
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I would say that Never Let Me Go is not Nobel worthy.
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:04 PM   #18
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Stedman appears to have only written a single novel, in 2012 (which I must admit I hadn't heard of). The Nobel tends to be more of a recognition of lifetime achievement, rather than being awarded for a single work. One novel written within the last 5 years is insufficient to determine whether an author is going to make a lasting impression on the literary world, I would suggest.
How could you not have heard of The Light Between the Oceans? It was even made into a movie that was shown in the UK. The movie is pretty good, but the book is so good and emotional.
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:11 PM   #19
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How could you not have heard of The Light Between the Oceans? It was even made into a movie that was shown in the UK. The movie is pretty good, but the book is so good and emotional.
I'm sure there are any number of excellent authors that I'm unaware of. My literary tastes are rather tightly focused.
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I would say that Never Let Me Go is not Nobel worthy.
The Nobel Prize is not based on any one book. It's based on the author's body of work. So if "Never Let Me Go" was a bad book it wouldn't really matter.

However, I think "Never Let Me Go" was one of the most amazing stories I've ever read. It had great subtlety, wonderfully developed and varied characters and was so full of original, creative and imaginative ideas that I read much of it with my mouth open saying "Wow!!".

I put off reading it for a long time because i didn't think he could write something as beautiful as "The Remains of the Day", and while I think that was the better book "Never Let Me Go" was almost as good.

In 2005 Time named "Never Let Me Go" as one of the 100 best books written in the English language since Time (the magazine) began.

Ishiguro has won innumerable prizes.

You may prefer another author but I don't think you can fairly say that Ishiguro didn't deserve that prize if you've read his books. He's an amazingly good writer even if he isn't one of your favorites.

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Old 10-07-2017, 11:21 PM   #21
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In 2005 Time named "Never Let Me Go" as one of the 100 best books written in the English language since Time (the magazine) began.

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Just goes to show that best of lists are not always all that good.

When I read Never Let Me Go, I was surprised that it actually got published. And the movie, what a stinker.
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Old 10-07-2017, 11:29 PM   #22
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Just goes to show that best of lists are not always all that good.

When I read Never Let Me Go, I was surprised that it actually got published. And the movie, what a stinker.
Well that's really interesting! You thought it was a poor book that maybe shouldn't have been published and I thought it was a beautiful book. You thought the movie was a stinker and I thought it was very good. I wonder if taste could have any bearing on this?

Good book. Bad book. It's about taste. It's about opinion. No facts involved.

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Old 10-07-2017, 11:51 PM   #23
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I've not read or seen The Remains of the Day. I may do so someday.
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Well that's really interesting! You thought it was a poor book that maybe shouldn't have been published and I thought it was a beautiful book. You thought the movie was a stinker and I thought it was very good. I wonder if taste could have any bearing on this?

Good book. Bad book. It's about taste. It's about opinion. No facts involved.

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Yes. There wouldn't be any point to lists if they were all the same or only included books we already liked.
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I think the movie of Never Let Me Go is better than most of you. The performances were amazing.

I kept thinking what an American version of this story would be like. Then I remembered I'd already seen it -- The Island. (ugh)
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