16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Surreal and more than real,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Unconsoled (Paperback)
When I read the book in 1995 I just couldn't understand, why most major newspapers had given it bad reviews at first. For me it was the ultimate page-turner. I sunk into it just as much as I got into the plot of Kafka's "The Castle", a book it somehow reminded me off quite a lot. As other reviewers have commented before me, the book has a strong kafka-esque touch, and probably this makes it so disturbing for people who expect all lose ends to be tied together into a complete story. As in Kafka, the protagonist is left in his quest and the reader has to follow him. Not everything can be solved. Kafka has this parable of the ultimate quest in one of his novels, about the search that always continues, you come to one door, cannot pass because of a guardsman there, and even if you managed to pass, you'd come to the next one, with the next guard. This, for me, could be seen as a kind of a synopsis for Ishiguro here. "The Unconsoled" is, in my opinion, one of the best books I ever read, and if you look for something experimental that really involves you in the plot and takes you into a very surreal world - this is the book to go for. If you expect a rather more "Remains of the Day"-type novel, you might want to reconsider your choice.