The Unconsoled

The Unconsoled

Book - 1995
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The Unconsoled is at once a gripping psychological mystery, a wicked satire of the cult of art, and a poignant character study of a man whose public life has accelerated beyond his control. The setting is a nameless Central European city where Ryder, a renowned pianist, has come to give the most important performance of his life. Instead, he finds himself diverted on a series of cryptic and infuriating errands that nevertheless provide him with vital clues to his own past. In The Unconsoled Ishiguro creates a work that is itself a virtuoso performance, strange, haunting, and resonant with humanity and wit.
A work of great interest and originality.... Ishiguro has mapped out an aesthetic territory that is all his own...frankly fantastic and] fiercer and funnier than before.-- The New Yorker
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1995
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780679404255
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ish
Description: 535 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 11, 2017

This book is full of Ishiguro's typical beautiful and tight prose, and although the plot is certainly meandering at times I think it is entirely intentional and very much a strength of this novel. It contains plenty of touching vignettes and had me laughing out loud at several points. I didn't think it was a hard read, although perhaps it does require a bit of patience.

theorbys Jan 30, 2015

If this book had been 200 pages shorter it would have perhaps been a masterpiece. Don't be put off by its oniric quality, it's not that hard to understand, but you may well be put off by its endless meandering prose.

Don27 Oct 01, 2013

I almost stopped reading this a couple of times, but I continued on till the end and I was glad I did. It is a very difficult book to read, but at the same time it moves along, thereby perhaps reflecting the dreamlike quality of this book. Real but unreal, fast but yet slow. There is really not much of a plot, except for one man's difficult journey through a few days time, leading up to a scheduled piano recital. A very, very odd book, but full of the high's and lows of the human condition. Glad I stuck with it and finished it.

Feb 10, 2012

Reads like a writing experiment gone horribly wrong. The story is aimless; the point of view is muddled; and the characters don't act human. An incredibly dense and meaningless word overdose.

alleycat Oct 03, 2008

Ishiguro's ability to assume such different (and perfect) narrative voices from novel to novel suggests (to me, at least) that he is truly brilliant ... The Unconsoled is not an easy read, but it's absolutely astounding. Wow! The style of the prose, and the dream-like quality of the story, reminded me of two of my favourite writers (both of whom incidentally are German: namely, Franz Kafka and Thomas Mann).


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Feb 10, 2012

"...After all, we get older and parts of us start to die. Perhaps we start to die emotionally too. Do you think that's possible, Mr Ryder?"


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