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A renowned pianist finds himself in a mysterious and dreamlike urban maze.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
As stylistically distinctive as his acclaimed The Remains of the Day (LJ 10/1/89), Ishiguro's newest work offers a different kind of protagonist. While Remains's butler was at odds with himself (without knowing it), prominent concert pianist Ryder is at odds with his surroundings. Ryder arrives in an unidentified European city at a bit of a loss. Everyone he meets seems to assume that he knows more than he knows, that he is well acquainted with the city and its obscure cultural crisis. A young woman he kindly consents to advise seems to have been an old lover and her son quite possibly his own; he vaguely recalls past conversations. The world he has entered is a surreal, Alice-in-Wonderland place where a door in a cafe can lead back to a hotel miles away. The result is at once dreamy, disorienting, and absolutely compelling; Ishiguro's paragraphs, though Proust-like, are completely lucid and quite addictive to read. Some readers may find that the whole concept grinds too much against logic, but the pleasure here is that Ishiguro doesn't do anything so ordinary as trying to resolve events neatly, instead taking them at face value. Highly recommended.
--Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is WELL worth the read. Without giving anything away, I would suggest that an interested reader practice the old "willing suspension of disbelief" and allow... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marjory H.
The first book for a long time which I didn't want to read to the finish. I could see no point in the story. Kafka, Dostojevsky... but so what? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pan Tau
too strange!...well written but I kept waiting for an illness revelation of some kind to explain the very strange behaviorsPublished 4 months ago by puzzled
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This novel assures again that the author, Kazuo Ishiguro, has a talent of creating a special atmosphere in our brain. I love his style. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Masao Ishihama
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Beautiful descriptions of people and places unfortunately the mystery is never ending and doesn't hold one's attention.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer