'The Buried Giant' stands tall

April 4, 2015 6:00 PM

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The novel of ideas can be a tedious thing. An intellectual writer who uses fiction as a conduit for Great Thoughts can be hard-pressed to find that delicate balance between story and theme, character and mouthpiece.

Even an author as sly as Kazuo Ishiguro, the prodigiously gifted Anglo-Japanese master best known for The Remains of the Day (1989), can't always avoid this pitfall, tumbling into it headlong in 1995 in his heavy-handed slog of a book, The Unconsoled.

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