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of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

November 8, 2012

November 8, 1954

The extraordinary talent of the author of The Remains of the Day (1989), Kazuo Ishiguro,
was rewarded with the Man Booker prize for this story. The questions Ishiguro asks in his novels reflect a focus on human puzzlement.

[It has]... always fascinated me that we can't be like cats or dogs or cows.  These other creatures are quite happy to just eat and sleep and reproduce and then die. Its a perfectly good life for them. We are very different, we keep stopping and saying, "Is this good enough?" and so on, and we behave in a very strange way...because we want to fulfill some idea of having done good, although nobody knows what that is.  I'm sure cats and cows don't worry about these things, but we do...

 Ishiguro, born on November 8, 1954, in Japan, and educated in England, phrased this major theme in his work thusly during interviews published in Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro (2008) conducted by Brian W. Shaffe and Cynthia F. Wong.

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