FUGU: THE DEADLY
DELICACY
Fugu is a Japanese name and it means Pacific Ocean Native Fish, better known as fugu
fish.
Fugu fish is a member of Tetrao...
The fugu fish has a beak like mouth with strong jaws, however it has also one big
disadvantage, the teeth and muscle arran...
A family supper – Kazuo Ishiguro

Exploring the short story

Completing the table

Family Supper

Title

Family Supper

Au...
About the Author
Name

Kazuo Ishiguro

Date of Birth

8th November 1954

Birthplace

Nagasaki

Family

His parents moved t...
First impressions about the story
“ At the time of my mother’s death, I was livig in California. My relationship with my p...
The action takes place
“sitting on
the tatami
floor of his
tea room.”
At the house of the
narrator’s parents

At dinner ti...
On a sunny autumn day

TIME

Late
afternoon
and
evening

“ When we finally arrived,it was nearing the end of a sunny autum...
Family relationships
THE STORY
DEALS
WITH

The author had a strained relationship with his father

We can notice a tense a...
After the arrival of his sister, the dialogue between them was franker and showed their
need for freedom

“Just then a gir...
The characters
THE NARRATOR’S PORTRAIT
PHYSICAL

PSYCHOLOGICAL

In the story we are not told about his
real age, but we ca...
THE NARRATOR´S FATHER´S PORTRAIT

PHYSICAL

A large stony jaw and furious
black eyebrows.

PSYCOLOGICAL

Disciplinarian, c...
THE NARRATOR´S SISTER´S PORTRAIT
PHYSICAL

PSYCHOLOGICAL

As she is studying at Osaka´s
University she is between 19, 20.
...
The story
is built

Upon the characters

The relation between father, son and daughter

The main character is the father

...
“I followed my father from room to room. I had forgotten how large the house was. A panel
would slide open and another roo...
… For a moment his face looked almost gentle. “A little more time.”
“That seems odd”, I said. “You were always so busy.”
“...
He is an old man
He feels completely alone

He is trying
to be…

He wants to conquer his
son´s love and trust

Gentle
Good...
“We fell silent once more, waiting for Kikuko to bring the tea.”

Give another ending to the story
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  1. 1. FUGU: THE DEADLY DELICACY
  2. 2. Fugu is a Japanese name and it means Pacific Ocean Native Fish, better known as fugu fish. Fugu fish is a member of Tetraodontoid family, these types of fishes are extremely toxic and they tend to expand their bodies by up to an astonishing 300 times! They are generally very unattractive however they have a unique ability to puff their bodies and expand, some even have razor sharp spikes that come out for their protection. Fugu fish is also known as blowfish or even balloon fish and he is able to stretch its body due to its reinforced collagen fibers, the fish pumps air of water into his stomach and the collagen fibers stretches making him 300 times bigger and wider! This astonishing ability of the fugu fish makes extremely hard for the predators to eat or swallow him. Once he is inside of the predators mouth or even stomach, he can still stretch his body making the predator no choice but to letting him out. However if for some reason the fugufish is killed and swallowed, the extreme fugu fish skin toxins can still kill some small predator fishes.
  3. 3. The fugu fish has a beak like mouth with strong jaws, however it has also one big disadvantage, the teeth and muscle arrangement of fugufish makes him little slower to commit a bite. This allows plenty of time to small and faster fishes to swim away quickly without getting swallowed by the fugu fish. As mentioned earlier, fugu fish extremely toxic, here are some of his toxic organs: ovaries, testicles, skin, muscles and particularly the liver! It contains high level of tetrodotoxin, a powerful poison. Tetrodotoxin is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide, and one fish contains enough poison to kill 30 people. Acting mainly on the nervous system, the symptoms in order of severity are: Physical discomfort Pallor •Rapid weak pulse •Respiratory distress/arrest •Death •Dizziness •Prickling or tingling of the mouth •Vomiting •Diarrhoea There is no known antidote. And this fish •Numbness is considered a delicacy in Japan. There are lots of tasty fans there that would love to adventure and eat this poisonous •Hypersalivation fish, and a lot of them have died eating •Sweating it! •Weakness •Subnormal temperature •Hypotension
  4. 4. A family supper – Kazuo Ishiguro Exploring the short story Completing the table Family Supper Title Family Supper Author Kazuo Ishiguro Number of pages Ten Main characters Narrator; narrators’s father; Kikuko (narrator’s sister) Other characters Suichi; Vicky; Watanabe-San
  5. 5. About the Author Name Kazuo Ishiguro Date of Birth 8th November 1954 Birthplace Nagasaki Family His parents moved to England in 1960 Studies Was schooled at the University of Kent and the University of East Anglia Dream Job Being a musician Music publishers´ reaction Found his music hideous Reasons for writing Definition of international novel First publication Other publications Civil Status Awards A consolation for something that got broken A novel that contains a vision of life that is of importance to people of varied backgrounds around the world A Pale View of Hills An Artist of the Floating World; The Remains of the Day; The Unconsoled Married Winifred Holtby Prize; Whitebread Book of the Year; Booker Prize
  6. 6. First impressions about the story “ At the time of my mother’s death, I was livig in California. My relationship with my parents had become somewhat strained around that period, and consequently I did not learn of the circumstances surrounding her death until I returned to Tokyo two years later. Apparently, my mother had always refused to eat Fugu, but on this particular occasion she had made an exception on having been invited by an old schoolfriend whom she was anxious not to offend. It was my father who supplied me with the details as we drove from the airport to his house in the Kamura district. When we finally arrived, it was nearing the end of a sunny autumn day.” He was in California His mother dies Never in his mother life she had eaten Fugu When she decides to eat Fugu, she dies! It is his father that tells him about the details of his mother death.
  7. 7. The action takes place “sitting on the tatami floor of his tea room.” At the house of the narrator’s parents At dinner time In Kamakura District TOKYO
  8. 8. On a sunny autumn day TIME Late afternoon and evening “ When we finally arrived,it was nearing the end of a sunny autumn day.”
  9. 9. Family relationships THE STORY DEALS WITH The author had a strained relationship with his father We can notice a tense atmosphere between the members of the family “His general presence was not one which encouraged relaxed conversation; neither were things helped much by his odd way of stating each remark as if it were the concluding one. In fact, as I sat opposite him that afternoon, a boyhood memory came back to me of the time he had struck me several times around the head for “chattering like an old woman”.”
  10. 10. After the arrival of his sister, the dialogue between them was franker and showed their need for freedom “Just then a girl’s voice came echoing through the house. “At last.” My father rose to his feet.”Kikuko has arrived.” Despite our difference in years, my sister and I had always been close. Seeing me again seemed to make her excessively excited and for a while she did nothing but giggle nervously. But she calmed down somewhat when my father started to question her about Osaka and her University. She answered him with short formal replies. She in turn asked me a few questions, but she seemed inhibited by the fear that her questions might lead to awkward topics. After a while, the conversation had become even sparser than prior to Kikuko’s arrival. Then my father stood up, saying: “I must attend to supper. Please excuse me for being burdened down by such matters. Kikuko willlook after you.” My sister relaxed quite visibly once he had left the room. Whitin a few minutes, she was chatting freely about her friends in Osaka and about her classes at University.”
  11. 11. The characters THE NARRATOR’S PORTRAIT PHYSICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL In the story we are not told about his real age, but we can inference that he is young, probably between 23, 25 years. As he was living in California, we can say he is an independent young man; observant; a somewhat insecure ( he doesn´t know what its planes for the future will be ); tactful and wise.
  12. 12. THE NARRATOR´S FATHER´S PORTRAIT PHYSICAL A large stony jaw and furious black eyebrows. PSYCOLOGICAL Disciplinarian, conservative, authoritarian, honest, lonely, cold. “My father was a formidable looking man with a large stony jaw and furious black eyebrows. … proud of the pure samurai blood that ran in the family. … His general presence was not one which encouraged relaxed conversation; … odd way one. “
  13. 13. THE NARRATOR´S SISTER´S PORTRAIT PHYSICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL As she is studying at Osaka´s University she is between 19, 20. Nervous, energetic, modern, irreverent. “… excessively excited… giggle nervously… chatting freely…” “I´ve been dying for a smoke…”; “If we go, we´re going to hitch-hike.” “And Suichi – I like him, but I`m not sure I want to spend so much time with him.” …
  14. 14. The story is built Upon the characters The relation between father, son and daughter The main character is the father He hopes / wishes the reconciliation with his returning son.
  15. 15. “I followed my father from room to room. I had forgotten how large the house was. A panel would slide open and another room would appear. But the rooms were all startlingly empty.” The question is why? “This house is too large for a man to live in alone.” “I don’t have much use for most of these rooms now.” “Since the firm folded. I have a little more time on my hands.”
  16. 16. … For a moment his face looked almost gentle. “A little more time.” “That seems odd”, I said. “You were always so busy.” “Too busy perhaps.” He looked at me with a small smile. “Perhaps I should have been a more attentive father.” “There are other things besides work.” “If you wish to stay here, I mean here in this house, you would be very welcome. That is, if you don’t mind living with an old man.” “Kikuko is due to complete her studies next spring”, he said. “Perhaps she will want to come home then. She´s a good girl.” “Perhaps she will.” “Things will improve then.” “Yes, I`m sure they will.”
  17. 17. He is an old man He feels completely alone He is trying to be… He wants to conquer his son´s love and trust Gentle Good humoured Comprehensive human
  18. 18. “We fell silent once more, waiting for Kikuko to bring the tea.” Give another ending to the story
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