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My review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel. I was really looking forward to it, but it was a bit disappointing.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s last work, Never Let Me Go (2005), forayed successfully into science fiction, projecting a grim future in which human beings are created so that others may live longer. The novel was widely appreciated (although it could hardly live up to The Remains of the Day) and turned into a well-received movie in 2010. Now, after an intermission of a decade, Ishiguro seems to have ventured into the realm of fantasy with The Buried Giant, in a move which has been less appreciated by one fellow author in particular.
The Buried Giant gained a lot of publicity through Ursula K. LeGuin’s vehement attack on it on her blog. Ishiguro was wondering about the way in which his readers would receive his new novel, saying, “Will they understand what I’m trying to do, or will they be prejudiced against the surface elements? Are they going to say this…
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