Kazuo Ishiguro: Books to Read with Merit

by - February 19, 2019

Once I found an interesting article from the blog I've been followed for years; Bustle. There I found about how to actually get rid of books because you really can't hold on to everything. Well, then, by the end of the article I found myself crying because of certain condition. I've been removing some sort of books I've dreamed of making personal and public library with the most beloved man in the world. Perhaps someday. Ten years from now.

*I am sorry again and please be patient*

But I see that we will go on a lot of "vacation" and truthfully; I need money so I need to pick at least 20 books to keep (but right now I am still stuck with more than 30 books, help me!). The books with merit, only. The books to re-read again.

One thing I should consider about getting rid of some books I've read and I've owned is how I love the book. Yes, indeed, it would be a rank from the pile I love till I hate. Now I keep only 35 books and five of them yet haven't been read. Hundred books have been sold--and still waiting for the buyers--and given to my friends. I didn't do swapping because I have no clue how to host them since I don't engage to any social media anymore.

So, selling and giving might be two solutions I do right now and still on going. Thanks to my baby boo and my friends Justin, Devi, Sekar, and Ima who gave me so much help in taking care of the selling. Thank you so much. I owe you all.

From this bookish problem, there is one book I have kept abandoned to read since I already saw the movie and it was totally ruining my day. The book is from the nobel-authorized-author; Kazuo Ishiguro. I've read three of his books: When We were Orphans, An Artist of the Floating World, and Never Let Me Go. To be honest, I love his writing since he always took good points from humanity and social aspect where your condescending will be asked.

The books of Kazuo Ishiguro are truly heartbreaking on their own.

I couldn't help but breaking in tears when I open page by page from his books. I haven't read Remains of the Day but I will not wait any longer to read it after work. Seems like I also like the book and I will enroll myself to the Kazuo Ishiguro fanclub. I insist it.

Those two books on the headpage are owned by my big brother in Malang.

An Artist of the Floating World told an interesting fact that World War II took almost every inch of happiness in the country. A man parted from his lover, a mom died and left her children, that's all. Nothing more than just a disaster and a tragedy in the moment so that people stuck with their own thinking. This might be a bit-essay-sense but you don't need to doubt any of Kazuo's writing. All seems flowing and being on point. 

The main character of this book who is an artist and old man himself is trying to escape from sadness after his wife and son died in the war. The story of An Artist of the Floating World took a complicated rule of war-victims who are trying to heal themselves. All are written in a beautiful and good way of writing. What I love most from this book is Kazuo could write the poverty of Japan after war not just based on the cold facts, but also the soft transition happening in every family. It is worth to read yet has so much merit to think.

The second book I've read is When We were Orphans. It has more tendency that Kazuo is really notable author. Without sensing and judging on how he stands on his characters in the story, he even explore what will Christopher--the main character--do when solving a case. The subtle inciting of Christopher has been the whole thing to think as merit of the book. You can see that Kazuo is an inspiring novelist and he can be as big as Agatha Christie when writing thriller novel. But I think he still remain as heartbreaking-books author.

When We were Orphans opens the new insight that Kazuo truly understand how he will write. The "quasi effect" he has done in this book is enigma. I love the way he serves the enigma himself as a narrator. Though there are some persistent thoughts--and think they are too much to tell--but this book successfully deliberate the case and the conclusion.

The last book I've read is Never Let Me Go which I own myself and still on the "keep or throw box" since I both love and hate the story so much. First of all, I already saw the movie before the book and the movie made me hating myself. The preposterous premise in the story make me feel clumsy and think twice about the merit of being a clone in the medical study. Back in the past, where donation is not as easy as today, children have been enrolled in a special school called Hailsham (even I hate to spell the school name). Students in Hailsham were taught and raised well so that they will be ready to donate their organs until they die. 

What an ironic premise, isn't it? That's why I hate the book so much. It's like you raise sheep and cow until they are ready to be slaughtered and sold.

Beside, I also love how Kazuo bring the concept of "deferrals" in the case. Even it turns out that people in the story will always die after their third or fourth donation, they still have a huge contribution to life. I know that sounds crazy that they live and be adult to donate their organs and die, but they have purpose in life. I think it's better than me right now who still in the middle of injury time in my life. I'd known that.

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Maybe you wonder on how I make this related between Kazuo's books and how to get rid of books I own. Truthfully, there is no such relation merely. I just found that I am in the middle of on and off relationship with the book Never Let Me Go. Instead of selling it to stranger, I want it to be read by somebody I've known. I want to share the pain. LOL.

Within the pain, I also want to share 13 steps (from Bustle) to start picking your pile of books. Remember, you need to courage yourself before you start to Marie Kondo-ing and Fumio Sasaki-ing your books. Not only sparks joy, you will need to make the books that give you merit to stay. Don't sell and don't throw the books that spark joy and bring merit. Catch on.

1. Get real

2. Start with your TBR piles

3.Set time limit

4. Host a book swap

5.Make gift packages

6. Give yourself permission to keep your favorites

7. Sell those fancy textbooks

8. Use the money for e-books

9. Pick one box of childhood classics

10. Design a cute bookshelf

11. Make a meaningful donation

12. Go to the library

13. Say goodbye

Letting go of a book can be sad, even if you've already read it and you don't particularly want to read it again. Heck, it can be sad even if you've never read it. You just got so used to it sitting there on your shelf, providing consistency. So if you're struggling to let go, take a minute to say goodbye—leave a note inside for the book's next lucky owner (on a post-it or in the margins, depending on how daring you are), thank it for the good times, and, most importantly, get it the hell out of your house. - Bustle

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