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Short Story: "A Village After Dark" (The New Yorker, 2001)
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Published May 21st 2001 by The New Yorker
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Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
I listened to this being read and discussed by Ben Marcus via The New Yorker's Fiction Podcast, and I'm very glad that I did. Had I read this on its own, I doubt that I would have spared the energy to really consider the depth and possibilities that make up this intriguing little story. Taking the time to ponder all the possible meanings is absolutely essential to enjoying this story. Seriously - if you don't like stories that can have multiple interpretations, this is not for you. Ishiguro leav...more
Milica Chotra
Listen or read... on a dark, rainy day.

Not much happening here. Not much to be seen in the dark of the cottages and streets... We don't know anything. Even the people we hear - are they really there, or are they memories? Faces of guilt and regret, of past mistakes? Do all of these conversations exist only in Fletcher's mind?

An old man, tired of constant travelling (life itself?), coming back to try to make amends to those who he had hurt... The feeling of disorientation and anxiety. I've no id...more
Lobstergirl
An Ishiguro short story which I don't think has been published outside the New Yorker. It's very reminiscent of The Unconsoled.
Lesley
Really enjoyed this short story published in The New Yorker. At only 10 pages and leaving most questions unanswered it seemed like a snippet of something larger. Intriguing - where were they? what had happened? what were the consequences of the previous mistakes? I really wanted to know what happened next - was there really a bus? was the man telling the truth about the location of Wendy's house? why would you plan to call on someone you didn't know lived there? Much food for thought for somethi...more
Diana
What an amazing story. Okay, I admit that I listened to this story (read by Ben Marcus) while walking the track at the local rec center. Nevertheless, I was absorbed by the images that Ishiguro brought to mind. In fact, I had to find the story online as soon as I returned and read it for myself. One other person has reviewed this story, and because she didn't know what it was about gave it an unfair rating. I'll admit that I'm not sure what this story is about. But it has got me thinking, and th...more
Nicholas
An interesting short story, with heavy undertones of The Unconsoled and When We Were Orphans. A strange and mysterious short-story. Very simple, but with moods of unease and anxiety.
Fruzsi
Quick and pleasant reading that kept me thinking. Something I really like.
I just found out that you can also listen to it being read and discussed, so I'll do that to. :o)
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Angelique
This reads like the start of a story that might have been interesting but I was left feeling like I was missing something.
Teresa
It's a nice short story, Ishiguro has a good style, but the story didn't say nothing to me, so I don't know how to rate it...
Tatiana
Have no clue what it was about.
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Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ or 石黒 一雄) is a British novelist of Japanese origin. His family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor's degree from University of Kent in 1978 and his Master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980. He became a British citizen in 1982. He now lives in London.
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