Killing the dragon will not win anyone a princess bride, but it will literally free the characters to know the lives they have already led. Instead of being divided within himself — such as Hamlet, an essentially modern character — the hero of a chivalric romance will often accept orders from a virtuous authority figure and fend off the blandishments of an evil tempter, like a cartoon character with a little angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other.
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Are self-knowledge and happiness compatible? What do we owe the past? Throughout the story, as Axl begins to recall a past that he fears will drive him and Beatrice apart, the old lovers discuss the ferryman they meet early in their adventures. This man takes people to a beautiful island, but most of them have to travel alone.
Every so often, a couple responds to his questions about their past in such a way that they are allowed to travel together. At one point, early on, Axl and Beatrice cross an ill-favored plain where the buried giant of the title, a huge earthen mound, is avoided by every prudent traveler. But these are the least effective passages in the novel, and when Ishiguro presses on such themes, the book can feel aimless and atomized. If much of the rest of the novel registers as an intriguing experiment imperfectly realized, he shows he still has the ability to bring home moments of serene and transcendent sorrow mixed with an inexplicable joy.
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