If I were in a bookstore and browsing authors I haven't read, the chance of my picking up In a Strange Room is very high. One, because the author, Damon Galgut, switches first and third person to tell the story and I am eager to see how that works. Two, it is a journey book - naturally the protagonist is going to be somewhere completely different from where he started and I don't mean geographically. It is always interesting to see how a person responds to change and how he changes consciously or otherwise because of the change.
Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room is on my 2011 reading list. I would love to read it even earlier except that I have Banville's Infinities and Nabokov's Speak, Memory both planned for end of this year and if I were to be any serious about reading them, I'd have to save other good books for later.
Galgut speaks about In a Strange Room on the Man Booker website
Jan Morris reviews In a Strange Room for the Guardian (haven't read this article, linking on trust. Do intend to read it after I read the book)