The setting is a Central European city where a renowned pianist has come to give the most im...more
There are spoilers here. But I hardly think they matter.
Since Ishiguro is so concerned with how personal accountability intersects with personal and public delusionality, it only makes sense that he should have written a book in which a man approaches a public concert and keynote--and his family life--with the reckless, responsibility-free logic of dreams (stand up to give a speech and find yourself naked; turn into a pig; go backwards every time you step forwards, and why the hell not? And whil...more
It’s huge and yet I zipped through the thing in little over a week simply because it is compelling and very readable. The best I can come up with to describe this is it’s like reading the literary equivalent of a painting by Magritte – the ordinary, the everyday made surreal.
The story is told in the first person and through the ey...more
Narrated by: David Case (British)
Audiobook Publication: Books on Tape Inc, 1998
Length: 19h 55m, unabridged
Tracks: 8 chapters
Source: Cassette (home edition)
blurb: The Unconsoled is the story of a man named Ryder. He is a pianist of international renown who, as the novel opens, has arrived in a European city he cannot identify to give a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give. In the days before the concert, he is led in and out of the lives of seeming strangers, but his fleeting recollect...more
Felt bad for Stephan, Boris, Fiona and Brodsky. They never quite got the treatment they deserved. Hoffman and Sophie were probably my least favorite people. Ryder had good intentions but the poor guy was so stressed and tire...more
Qual sarebbe l'idea? Eccola: il romanzo è strutturato come un sogno del protagonista, ma in modo sottile e ben misurato, e proprio come capita nei sogni i concetti di tempo e spazio sono malleabili in funzione delle cose che ci accadono, i ricordi vanno e vengono, le ansie e i timori si tras...more
It's tough, this book. It doesn't come easy. It...more
As I have noted previously, the phrase Kafkaesque gets thrown about like a porn star filming a gangbang scene, and the term is often applied to The Unconsoled also. Wrongly, of course, because Ishiguro's novel is warmer, more wonderful [but not necessarily better], than anything Kafka wrote. You know how if you st...more
I’ve had those, mostly at times of stress, when I had a lot on my mind and my life felt out of control. This book is one of those dreams, described in detail for 500 pages. It sounds like a nightmare, quite literally. I t...more
I've finished a third of the book. I hate not finishing books, especially ones I've gotten as far into as this one, but I have a...more
While I can understand some people liking this book, the constant stalling drove me crazy, and it felt like Ishiguro was deliberately being obtuse to prove how clever he...more
In a way it's an anti-detective novel. Although it's evident that Ishiguro has crafted the book carefully and deliberately created the impression of chaos, trying to detect or piece together a sensible narrative of events and characters is completely against the idea of the book, and if you try to read the text in that way, you'll very l...more
It just goes on and on getting weirder and weirder until you want to use the hefty thing to bash someone over the head with.
The story goes that Ryder arrives in a generic European city with no idea where he is, why he is there or who he is. An interesting premise but one which fails to deliver again and again. The whole thing is written like one of those never-ending dreams where you're constantly going through impossible doors and realising you're late for ap...more
I found this to be a remarkable novel on so many levels. Because the novel of experiment is (being now so weary a thing) prone to skepticism (), please allow me to
Given the work's relative obscurity within Ishiguro's portfolio, as a (cautious) fan of of his work I hoped for the best but didn't expect too much.
Twenty or so pages in: whilst the prose - and poise - of the protagonist (a [perhaps self-imagined?] famous concert pianist visiting a nameless Eastern European capital where expectations...more
Then there's part of me that was tempted to hide the book under my matress and forget about it when I was 1/3 through - so that part of me maybe thinks it deserves a 1 star rating. The book is long. The side-stories are legion. The weird "is this a dream, a nightmare or some kind of (hopefully no...more
Nothing happens as planned or everything happens exactly as the fatalists predicted and it turns out there are no serious consequences.
Reading it, though, is definitely not a waste of time. I don't know if I read for the enjoyment of it or not, but t...more
It is certainly a very clever book and even a very funny one if looked at from a certain angle, though since the jokes are all variations on a theme of frustrated expectations – some the characters', some the readers' – the hu...more
Ishiguro received the 1989 Man Booker prize for his third novel...more