The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro

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From the universally acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day comes a mesmerizing novel of completely unexpected mood and matter--a seamless, fictional universe, both wholly unrecognizable and familiar. When the public, day-to-day reality of a renowned pianist takes on a life of its own, he finds himself traversing landscapes that are by turns eerie, comical, and strangely malleable.


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About Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of five previous novels, including The Remains of the Day, which won the Booker Prize and became an international best seller. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. In 1995 he received an Order of the British Empire for service to literature, and in 1998 was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
 
Published September 5, 2012 by Vintage. 546 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gustav, the elderly hotel porter, begs the influential celebrity to speak on behalf of him and his co-workers, and Ryder is persuaded to meet briefly with Gustav's troubled daughter and her small son.

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With dream logic, many of Ryder's childhood friends from England turn up in this inhospitable place, and it becomes obvious that most events are replicas of ones that have occurred before or that fulfill Ryder's fears about the future.

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A renowned pianist finds himself in a mysterious and dreamlike urban maze.

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Ryder displays other symptoms of dementia, including a lack of attention to personal appearance (he attends a number of functions in his dressing gown), impaired judgment (he leaves his son alone for hours at a cafe), disrupted sleep cycle, attention deficits, and impulsivity.

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Entertainment Weekly

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, $25) It is impossible to escape the comparison, so here it is: Ishiguro, famous author of repressed-Brit novels (The Remains of the Day), has suddenly decided to abandon the old estate and borrow a page from Kafka.

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The townsfolk bare their battered psyches to him, leaving the hapless Ryder struggling to meet their needs, his own and those of his estranged lover and young son.

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London Review of Books

Akira Sugimura had built an eastern wing to the house, comprising three large rooms, connected to the main body of the house by a long corridor running down one side of the garden.

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