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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
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The Buried Giant (2015)

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Ponderous, but not painful. Languid, but not laborious. Even in a tale of knights and ogres and dragon's curse, Ishiguro stays focused on memory and fidelity and an elderly couple's love for one another. Super. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
A forgotten memory told as a mythical quest set in a forgotten land. This is one of those books that has a definite feel to it - atmospheric doesn't quite define it. The setting, the characters, how they talk to each other and what they are fixated on all contribute. There is a level of frustration involved in it all too - why can't they remember, why does everyone seem to have short-term AND long-term memory issues? How can we be certain they are who we think they are if they can't even remember parts of the past that might help define them? A difficult, almost biblical book with which to interact ( )
1 vote dbsovereign | Nov 5, 2018 |
there's just something in my eye, i've just been cutting onions ( )
  haarpsichord | Nov 5, 2018 |
I struggled through the first part of this book, wanting to find the magic in it that others had so greatly praised but had to give up. I couldn't muster any empathy for the characters. The setting puzzled and irritated me and the story wandered aimlessly. I couldn't finish it unfortunately. ( )
  sarahpeacock28 | Oct 21, 2018 |
Although a different genre to his previous books this is classic Ishiguro in style. The writing is clear and beautiful, the themes include memory, and you're left with a vague sense that there was more going on than you understood. On the surface an aging couple go on a journey to try and visit their son in a nearby village, but it really seems to be about genocide, war, and death as well as their relationship. It's quite hypnotic to read. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Aug 8, 2018 |
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Fantasy and historical fiction and myth here run together with the Matter of Britain, in a novel that’s easy to admire, to respect and to enjoy, but difficult to love. Still, “The Buried Giant” does what important books do: It remains in the mind long after it has been read, refusing to leave, forcing one to turn it over and over. On a second reading, and on a third, its characters and events and motives are easier to understand, but even so, it guards its secrets and its world close.
 
There are authors who write in tidy, classifiable, immediately recognizable genres — Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, William Faulkner, Gabriel García Márquez, to name a few — and then there are those who adamantly do not. These others can surprise us with story lines and settings that are guises to be worn and shucked after the telling. Masters of reinvention, they slip from era to era, land to land, changing idioms, adapting styles, heedless of labels. They are creatures of a nonsectarian world, comfortable in many skins, channelers of languages. What interests them above all in their invented universes is the abiding human heart.

Kazuo Ishiguro is such a writer.
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Ishiguro, Kazuoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gower, NeilEndpaper art; (cover?) typographysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendelsund, PeterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weinstein, IrisDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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DEBORAH ROGERS
1938-2014
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You would have searched a long time for the sort of winding lane or tranquil meadow for which England later became celebrated.
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'There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay...' This is the extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day. The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards - some strange and other - worldly - but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war. [www.bookdepositiry.com]
In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once ravaged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven't seen in years. And because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him.
As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share. By turns savage, suspenseful, and intensely moving, The Buried Giant is a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory, an extraordinary tale of love, vengeance, and war.
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Axl and Beatrice
go on a quest and find the
truth about themselves.
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"An extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day. "You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay. . ." The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war"--… (more)

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