The novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro, has said, "A novel may not give us facts that are true, [but] what it tells us about experience, the emotion that it conveys, is something that we recognize as true. And sometimes, very important emotions, feelings are conveyed in a novel that cannot be conveyed in more factual stories, or in factual books. I think most importantly, perhaps, a key to it, I think, a novel can tell us how it feels to be in a certain situation. A work of history or journalism can tell us that some people starved in a particular time and place. But, perhaps, it cannot convey the pain of starving, or losing someone close to you or your child to starvation... We need someone to tell us how it felt... Is it true that it feels like that to be in that situation, or is this not true? I think we still have to ask that question. But I think that's why we turn to stories, because we feel there's something missing in just the factual account."