May 30, 11
Getting personally involved in this book was hard for me at first; I’m such a plot oriented person that I kept searching for the point of the book. It wasn’t until I abandoned the preconceived ideas I had about what the book should be and allowed it to be what it was that I began to feel an attachment to it. (A good lesson for any avid reader to learn over and over again…) Ono is one of the most human and real characters you will ever come across. Ishiguro makes no point to hide Ono’s faults, and we see the psychology presented in the novel is flawless – Ono comes to conclusions in a realistic time and manner. He is not a fictionalized character sprung from the artist’s fantasy – he lives and breathes in the pages of the book.