A Family Supper

by Ishiguro, Kazuo

A longish truancy calls for a longish return, so this one clocks in accordingly on the longish side. Given his penchant for regular oxygen-free plunges into plots and thoughts of strained family relations, self-imposed exile, cultural alienation and melancholia, it’s also counterintuitively uplifting. Enjoy.


Article written by miette

Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

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  1. miette
    miette May 7, 2005 at 4:03 am |

    I should note also that I was tempted to read Ishiguro’s latest in its entirety, as it seems destined to be told in oral tradition. But the thing is, he’s so good at translating oral storytelling into writing that it really doesn’t need it. And the other thing is, even I’m not so ambitious as to pretend I could read an entire novel, much less expect you to listen to it. In the meantime, you should read it yourselves if you want:


  2. nk
    nk May 9, 2005 at 10:42 pm |

    hey, where are the rest of your posts? it only shows 1 day now.

  3. miette
    miette May 12, 2005 at 5:02 am |

    They’re archived of course, young blogmastresse! I’d only uploaded one new one for May, and the others seemed to have tucked themselves away to be with others of their monthly ilk. Will increase frequency when better days call… in the meantime, you should read one yourself and send to me…

  4. Scoot
    Scoot May 20, 2005 at 5:55 pm |

    I don’t know about this one… it’s a little “workshoppy” for my tastes, though the tension created in the final scene is superb. (Why do I cavil?) And the reading, of course, is as exquisite as ever.

  5. johan
    johan February 21, 2008 at 6:02 am |


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