I certainly didn't mean to say that Ishiguru was trying to compete with Tolkien or that the book was no more than a fantasy novel. I do think it's a fantasy novel. Perhaps it's the most literary of fantasy novels, but any book with ogres, dragons, and pixies is on some level a fantasy novel. I wonder what hardcore fantasy fans think of it. Perhaps they would complain that the slaying of the dragon is rather anti-climactic.
You both seem to have enjoyed it rather more than me. I didn't hate it; I was never bored by it; but I didn't feel overwhelmed by it either. I liked The Remains of the Day better.
There is a line in Cousin Bette that says, 'Life cannot go on without a great deal of forgetting.'
I wonder if it's really necessary that life go on. I think I'd rather remember and do what needs to be done.
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