Monthly Archives: August 2016

Devilled Kidneys

[Apologies to my Medievalist friends for the liberties I have taken here with history…] A passer-by might have taken the pair, one with his broad-brimmed hat and sober garments, the other stiff and weathered as a signpost, for some allegorical … Continue reading

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W. W. Tarn, The Treasure of the Isle of Mist

Here’s a charming oddity: a children’s book published in 1919, written before the outbreak of the Great War by the celebrated classical scholar Sir William Woodthorpe Tarn for the entertainment of his only daughter. In later life his daughter became … Continue reading

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Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant

Different readers have had different experiences of The Buried Giant (2015), some finding it too crude an allegory, others enraged by its refusal to tell a straight story, still others engrossed and moved by its account of married love and … Continue reading

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