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The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Mar 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: modern-and-contemporary-fiction
Read in February, 2011

This book is disorientation. This book is convolution. This book is some of Ishiguro's finest work, and thus it is utterly exhausting. I loved it, but I will most definitely take a break from reading any more of his novels, at least for a short while. I'm not sure I can say much more than that. Except, maybe, that the city Mr. Ryder steps into is perhaps a bit too familiar for me—not a cliché, but something resting unbelievably close to places I have known.

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Chris Worth I haven't read any of his novels since. At the time I felt cheated, but I suppose I'm getting more comfortable with meandering alienation and futile progress as the years go by. This is a positive change, so perhaps on rereading my opinion might be different than it was when I was 23.

Jeremy Allan I know what you mean and how you felt about it, Chris. I, myself, doubt I could have finished this book, let alone gotten much benefit from it, even just five years ago. I was, to be honest, frequently frustrated with the meandering, the sense that I knew almost exactly how the plot would become further entangled, and the reader's expectations further exacerbated. It may not be accidental that I followed this up with a detailed history of the Algerian war of independence.

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