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The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Apr 08, 2012

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Read from April 08 to May 13, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Aargh! This word was in the background most of the time I was reading this book.
You know that dream where there is something looming in the near future and there you are, trying to run from or toward it, and you are stuck in one place going nowhere? That is how this book felt to me while reading it. It is all building to the big concert, but many things just don't make sense.
The (anti)hero arrives in town to perform at a concert; seems normal enough, right? But there is something weird with his memory: has he been here before? is this his son? do these people know him and he them? He is continually interrupted by people wanting him to do things for them, and he promises to do them but repeatedly fails to deliver because of more weird happenings.
Things happen to this man: he sets off to see someone urgently without knowing where they live. (aargh) He leaves his boy alone in a cafe for hours and goes off to have his photo taken. (arrgh)He comes upon one of the major characters in the story who has just had an accident and watches a passing surgeon amputate (or does he?) the man's leg.(arrgh)- with a handsaw.The amputee (or maybe not) goes on to conduct an orchestra, propped up on one leg. (arrgh-what??)
This story is dream-like. It is at times infuriating; but each of the characters within the story has their part to play and is well drawn. It feels to me as if Ishiguro has been too clever by half with this one. Quite different from his other books.

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