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The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Apr 03, 2011

really liked it
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Ryder turns up to give a recital. Then we - and probably he - realise he's to do a speech. Then it's a Q & A session that could save the town from some unspecified calamity. Meanwhile other people nvolved in the concert, and some who may be his family, are demanding his help in ways that mean he cannot possibly fulfil all the commitments he finds himself making. Generally speaking, he gives in and tries to do it all but, on the rare occasions he asserts himself he comes across as a nasty piece of work in his own right. Surreal topology, dubious memories, a Dali-esque timeframe, and a generally flexible idea about what constitutes reality are all treated as nothing out of the ordainary in a deadpan narration. There are many unresolved questions and the clearest thing about this book is the title, which accurately describes the ongoing state of virtually everyone in the novel - and possibly the reader in the end.

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