The Buried Giant
A NovelLarge Print - 2015
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. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. They know they will face many hazards--some strange and otherworldly--but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight--each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life's memories.
Sometimes savage, sometimes mysterious, always intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade tells a luminous story about the act of forgetting and the power of memory, a resonant tale of love, vengeance, and war.
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Imagine an existence without memory. Lacking context, would war become obsolete? Or family strife? This is the concept introduced in Ishiguro's latest, which appears ten years after his acclaimed Never Let Me Go.
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'Axl, you never went to the pond's edge, you were so busy talking to this knight. You never looked into that chilly water.'
'These winds have you tired, princess.'
'I saw their faces staring up as if resting in their beds.'
'The babes, and only a short way beneath the water's surface. I thought first they were smiling, and some waving, but when I went nearer I saw how they lay unmoving.'
I wasn't able to stay interested in this book, and my lack of interest just made it harder to continue. Perhaps this wasn't the right time for this book and I to meet, maybe I had unattainable expectations with it being written by a Nobel Laureate. The story starts in a lull, but even as the pace picks up I remained in an unappreciative lull, unable to care or continue.
"In one such area on the edge of a vast bog, in the shadow of some jagged hills, lived an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice. Perhaps these were not their exact names, but for ease, this is how we will refer to them."
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