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The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Something is amiss with this narrator. At first it just felt a little quirky, but I'm starting to think something is rather...off with him... possibly even something sinister. I can't put my finger on it but there seems to be maybe a Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense-esque thing possibly afoot. His conversations with people are weirdly disjointed - at least their responses to him are. He has a strange relationship to his own memory and, I suspect, others' histories. Everyone he meets wants something from him, which, while no doubt a dreary daily feature of being famous, seems a little excessive in number and nature so far. Is he psychic? clairvoyant? some kind of ghoul who takes on the shape/characteristics/personality desired by his interlocutor? I sat up screaming shortly after dozing off, after reading this just before bed, and I don't even know why. Something creepy is going on.... or maybe Never Let Me Go has just made me paranoid.

ETA I've had nightmares like this when stretched in too many directions by too many expectations and responsibilities. That unpleasantness ultimately outweighed my enjoyment of the surreal time/place/space-twisting. But props for evoking that maddening frustration so well.
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