--Kazuo Ishiguro, Paris Review interview
"I started to see parallels between memory and dream, the way you manipulate both according to your emotional needs at the time. The language of dreams would also allow me to write a story that people would read as a metaphorical tale as opposed to a comment on a particular society. Over some months I built up a folder full of notes, and eventually I felt ready to write a novel."
--Ishiguro, on the thought process behind The Unconsoled
I still remember the last line of that oh-so-frustrating novel: "The croissants looked particularly promising." It's nice to see the thought process that goes into a novel, from first inkling to completion. Anyone can build a folder of notes, but when do you feel ready to write a novel?