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What was the point of that?,
This review is from: The Unconsoled (Paperback)
This was my first Ishiguro novel. On the plus side, it's very well written, I'd not read anything like it before, and the setting is at least initially intriguing. On the minus side, I learned nothing, gained no new insights and was not profoundly moved at any stage. My main reaction was a vague irritation most of the way through. I found none of the characters likeable, and didn't really care what happened to them. They lived small lives in a small world. Maybe that's the point - and this is art as a mirror, highlighting the inconsequential lives many people lead, and the futility of any attempt to try and help them break out of their petty concerns. But I didn't need to read 500+ pages just for that. This book is not inspiring, it's not uplifting, and it's not entertaining. Ultimately, it's just rather depressing. I am not a better person having read this book. Avoid.