Award-Winning Books of 2017
The biggest prizes in the book world come out
in fall. Here's the best of the best for your to-read list.
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Never Let Me Go
British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro is this year's recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature
. The prize is
given to an author for a life's work, which in Ishiguro's case includes
masterpiece like The Remains of the Day
The Buried Giant
. In each, he proves himself the master of
exposing the tensions and dramas that lurk under polite surfaces—perhaps
most poignantly in his 2005 masterpiece, Never Let Me Go
follows a handful of young students through to adulthood. The characters seem
to be going through all the familiar experiences of adolescence, competing for
attention from their teachers and peers, longing for affection but unsure how
to get it. But Ishiguro adds a layer of mystery over their lives: What does it
mean to be a "carer," as the narrator refers to herself, or to make "donations,"
as the students are told they're destined to do? As the reader discovers,
nothing is as it seems.
— Mark Athitakis