Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Seven great love stories for cynics

Emily Temple is the author of The Lightness and the Managing Editor at Literary Hub. She earned her MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was the recipient of a Henfield Prize.

[My Book, The Movie: The Lightness; The Page 69 Test: The Lightness]

At Lit Hub she tagged seven great "love stories for those who basically tolerate love, but have their doubts." One title on the list:
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (1989)

Is it fair to say that The Remains of the Day is still Ishiguro’s most famous novel? (Just like Stevens, time seems to pass me by…) I think it’s fair to say that it’s his most romantic novel, despite there being very little actual romance, except for the totally unprofessional passions boiling beneath the surface. Nothing ever happens, no matter how much the reader might wish it to, because the characters, particularly Stevens, of course, keep getting in their own way. That’s how it goes most of the time, but rarely do we get as moving and delicate a view of it as Ishiguro gives us here.
Read about another entry on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue