Ishiguro’s “The Unconsoled”

Absolutely loved “The Unconsoled” when I read it back in 2006.

I wasn’t aware that at the time of original publication in 1995 it had been panned by large parts of the literary media. I only know this now because I listened to a fascinating documentary about it just this week, presented by Natasha Hodgson in its own style just the other day on BBC R4 “Exploding Library” series. (Link live for a year.)

I’m re-reading it.

2 thoughts on “Ishiguro’s “The Unconsoled””

  1. The comments in your 2006 post are intriguing and I think I’ll add this to my reading list (though it sounds like a bit of a time sink).
    Some of the description reminds me of aspects of Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. Ever read that one? Definitely a time sink, but definitely worth it when I was in my 20s, not sure if I would say the same now….

  2. Hi Tim. Nope I don’t recognise Gravity’s Rainbow, I’ll need to check it out.

    I originally read Unconsoled as a recommendation after someone else read my review of Enduring Love. You’re kinda continuing the “pay it forward” 🙂

    A bit like The Life of Pi, Hitchhikers Guide, American Gods or The Master & Margarita – I have a fascination with narratives that are (or start as) real life on the face of it with the sense of this can’t really be real in the developing content and looking for the joins. (Whereas I find explicit fantasy / sci-fi extremely dull.)

    (PS – I still owe you a response to your Twitter question from Katoi.)

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