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Kazuo Ishiguro wins. Very surprised by this choice, but also very pleased. Ishiguro is awesome, I just didn't think he'd win for another decade or so.

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Some thoughts: 

This choice proves the Swedish Academy isn't completely allergic to massively popular writers. 

Two English language winners in a row means that next year's winner probably won't be writing in English.

Ishiguro's win means that Rushdie won't be winning anytime soon.

Probably hurts Murakami's chances of winning too. Murakami and Ishiguro are tied closely together in the public mind, based solely as far as I can tell on the facts that they are both hugely popular and both are of Japanese descent. Doesn't really seem to matter that they write in different languages and different traditions. 

The Swedish Academy pulled off choosing a very deserving and well known writer, while still managing to surprise pretty much everyone.

Ishiguro comes closer to writing genre than any previous winner. Never Let Me Go is straight dystopian SF. It's also one of the most beautiful novels I've ever read. If you're looking for a place to start with Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go is a good choice.

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I should get back to reading The Buried Giant. It was interesting, but oh my goodness it meanders a lot.


Never Let Me Go is astonishing. The Remains of the Day, on the other hand, I didn't get on with at all.


By the way Myshkin as a fan what book of Rushdie's is best to start? I tried Midnight's Children and pretty much hated it. The humour displayed there drove me up the wall, so anything with a different ambience in that regard would be nice.

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16 minutes ago, polishgenius said:

By the way Myshkin as a fan what book of Rushdie's is best to start? I tried Midnight's Children and pretty much hated it. The humour displayed there drove me up the wall, so anything with a different ambience in that regard would be nice.

Well if you didn't like Midnight's Children, Rushdie just might not be for you. If you're determined to give him another go though, I'd say try The Enchantress of Florence. It's not so thematically heavy as Rushdie's other works, but instead really focuses of the beauty of the language. And language is where Rushdie really shines. 

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6 hours ago, Myshkin said:

Some thoughts: 

This choice proves the Swedish Academy isn't completely allergic to massively popular writers. 

Two English language winners in a row means that next year's winner probably won't be writing in English.

Ishiguro's win means that Rushdie won't be winning anytime soon.

Probably hurts Murakami's chances of winning too. Murakami and Ishiguro are tied closely together in the public mind, based solely as far as I can tell on the facts that they are both hugely popular and both are of Japanese descent. Doesn't really seem to matter that they write in different languages and different traditions. 

The Swedish Academy pulled off choosing a very deserving and well known writer, while still managing to surprise pretty much everyone.

Ishiguro comes closer to writing genre than any previous winner. Never Let Me Go is straight dystopian SF. It's also one of the most beautiful novels I've ever read. If you're looking for a place to start with Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go is a good choice.

Actually I am relieved that Margaret Atwood did not win. Two Canadians in close proximity would have made us unbearably smug as a country.

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For those who haven’t been following it, the Swedish Academy is muddling its way through a world of shit right now, having to do with at least 18 allegations of sexual assault against the husband of one of the members. It’s a very twisty and convoluted story, so I’ll leave it to you to look it up yourselves if you want details. Anyway it’s resulted in Sara Danius resigning her position as Permanent Secretary, as well as several other members resigning or threatening to resign their positions on the Academy. And today it was announced that the Academy will not be awarding a Lit Prize for 2018, with plans to award two Prizes in 2019.

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Based on recent form, though, those prizes will go to Donald Trump, for his use of Twitter, and the writers of The Avengers.

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The Academy has run out of time in regards to Philip Roth. RIP.

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I hope Roth's last action was a middle finger directed towards Sweden. He absolutely deserved the Nobel Prize, which was cruelly denied him due to circumstances he had no part in (international politics, committee politics, and the publishing strategies of American publishing houses - all of which the Nobel committee appeared to blame him for). He'll be a towering figure in the "didn't get the Nobel" pantheon.

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Bob Dylan should send his Nobel to Roth’s family to be placed in his headstone.

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12 hours ago, Myshkin said:

The Academy has run out of time in regards to Philip Roth. RIP.

I used to read Philip Roth when I was a young lad back in the 70's. Back then I don't think he worried too much about winning a Nobel because he was probably the most widely read American writer. With regards to sexual content, he was so out there writing about masturbation that I suspect a lot of teenagers learned how to do it better from reading Portnoy's Complaint. 

The book I remember best is Our Gang, his complete evisceration of the Nixon administration. If Watergate did not sink Nixon, this novel would.

Who needs a Nobel? 

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