Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro (born November 8, 1954) is a British novelist of Japanese descent.



  • “More fundamentally, I’m interested in memory because it’s a filter through which we see our lives, and because it’s foggy and obscure, the opportunities for self-deception are there. In the end, as a writer, I’m more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
    Dunn, Adam. "In the land of memory: Kazuo Ishiguro remembers when" cnn.com Book News. 27 Oct. 2000 (archived from the original on 2001-06-25).

On growing up in England, having left Japan at age 6:

  • “I have a sense of having just left without saying goodbye, and of this whole other world just kind of fading away. … I have the feeling of this completely alternative person I should have become. There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.
    Conversation with Lewis Burke Frumkes, The Writer, volume 114, number 5, May 2001, collected in Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro, p. 189

Never Let Me Go (2005)[edit]

All page numbers from the trade paperback First Vintage International Edition published by Vintage Books in March 2006

Chapter One[edit]

  • My donors have always tended to do much better than expected.
    • (p. 03)
  • And I'm a Hailsham student - which is enough by itself sometimes to get people's backs up.
    • (p. 03)
  • Ruth, incidentally, was only the third or fourth donor I got to choose.
    • (p. 04)
  • The idiot.
    • (p. 07)
  • Tommy's got his shirt on. His favourite polo shirt.
    • (p. 08)
  • It'll come off. If you can't get it off yourself, just take it to Miss Lucy.̇
    • (p. 11)
  • It's nothing to do with you anyway.
    • (p. 11)
  • At least you got him to pipe down', she said, 'are you okay? Mad animal?
    • (p. 12)

Chapter 2[edit]

  • Kath, I've been looking all over for you. I mean't to say sorry. I mean, I'm really, really sorry. I honestly didn't mean to hit you the other day. I wouldn't dream of hitting a girl, and even if I did, I'd never want to hit you. I'm really, really sorry.
    • (p. 13-14)
  • ... I must admit, if it hadn't been for the encounter on the stairs, i probably wouldn't have taken the interest I did in Tommy's problems over the next several weeks.
    • (p. 14)

Chapter 3[edit]

  • i'd no idea if anyone was actually watching.
    • (p. 25)
  • she said we were't being taught enough.
    • (p. 29)
  • what is the gallery? why should she have a gallery of things done by us?
    • (p. 30)
  • maybe she sells the outside, out there.
    • (p. 31)
  • ruth insisted - that she really was afraid of us.
    • (p. 34)
  • it never occurred to us to wonder how we would feel being seen like that.
    • (p. 34)

Chapter 4[edit]

  • i won't be a carer any more come the end of the year and though i've got a lot out of it, i have to admit i'll welcome the chance to rest.
    • (p. 37)
  • until it came to dominate our lives.
    • (p. 37)
  • nostalgic about their collections.
    • (p. 38)
  • the sales were important to us because that was how we got hold of things from outside.
    • (p. 41)
  • her general drift was clear enough: we were all very special, being Hailsham students, and so it was all the more disappointing when we behave badly.
    • (p. 43)
  • Miss Emily had an intellect you could slice logs with.
    • Chapter 4 (p. 43)

Chapter 21[edit]

  • Well, this is a surprise. If you aren’t here to give me trouble, then why are you here?
    • Chapter 21 (p. 248)

Chapter 22[edit]

  • This is all strictly against regulations, of course, and Marie-Claude should never have asked you in. And naturally, I should have turned you out the second I knew you were here. But Marie-Claude doesn’t care much for their regulations these days, and I must say, neither do I.
    • Chapter 22 (p. 259)

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