The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

A Novel

Large Print - 2015
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780804194778
Characteristics: 431 pages ;,24 cm

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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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creativegirly123
Mar 25, 2020

I have never been a fan of fantasy, but this changed forever the day I picked up this book. From the first pages, it was clear to me that I was holding in my hands a true masterpiece. Not only the themes, but the unique complementary writing style that characterizes Ishiguro's work, make this a powerful experience for the reader, one which will follow him, for a good while at least, maybe even change his view on some important aspects of life, such as love, fogiveness, friendship, or who knows? But one thing is sure. While reading this book , you will get absorbed by its charm, you will live the characters' pain, happiness, sorrows, while getting thrown back in time. I consider myself a picky reader, but this story has done something to me which I could've never suspected. I felt like a child again, in the body of a nostalgic adult. I'm sure the day will come when I will re-read this book and maybe understand it better, but even so, in my still ignorant eyes, The Buried Giant is a true artwork of Kazuo Ishiguro. Therefore, I recommend this book strongly. A novel pretty similar to this one is Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki.

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dano62
Sep 28, 2019

Although a fiction, I thought this could be a sort of memorable history lesson. Carefully read, and the description of the beings, often told through the characters' perceptions, were telling. Unique choice of wording, so, still found it difficult to imagine. Would need to thoroughly re-read some parts.

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Matthew412
Jul 09, 2019

Disappointing. I expected better from an author with his writing credentials. Not up to the standards of other Japanese writers held in similar esteem.

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mjohnson313
Feb 22, 2018

I like to think of this book as the "anti-epic." A tale of knights, swords and dragons told from the human perspective. The themes aren't high fantasy, but thoughtful humanity. A the point of view shifts across characters, we discover that the perils we face aren't ogres, crones and faeries, but our own pasts and the inevitability of our shared future.

Our tender protagonists, Axl and Beatrice, are sympathetic and noble. Showing us, alternately, what is best about the human spirt and worst about our fears, faults and anxiety. As they struggle to piece together their past, beset by a forgetful mist that shrouds the entire land, the reader descends into their story slowly, deeply and heartbreakingly.

Indeed, heartbreak is the core of this well-wrought story. The building and breaking of bonds is a constant theme, played out in large and small scenes—each time with crushing repercussions. By the end of the novel, you're not sure who, if anyone, actually "won."

Beautifully written. Deliberately paced. This is well worth the read.

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DeeDum
Jan 03, 2018

It was a slow moving book, but what held my attention was the need to find out what will happen to Axel and Beatrice on their journey to find their son. They met a warrior, a knight (one of King Arthur's) and a weird kid, etc. along their way. It takes the end to find out what happened earlier in their lives and the last page to where their journey ends...the latter being what I suspected given the blend of mythology and fantasy cleverly woven in this book.

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Naomi622
Jan 03, 2018

I don't usually read fiction but this fantasy was thought-provoking. I had to ask myself, what purpose do the memories I have serve? And what about the ones I've buried?

ArapahoeAndrew Dec 11, 2017

A whimsical journey that falls short for me.

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avocadotree
Nov 28, 2017

Travelling through the English countryside in the time of the lord of the rings. Warriors, mystical creatures, a choppy on the road plot where every chapter an entirely new and hazy premise has to be learned for the story to pick up again. It's entirely childish and made up. Good for children. Mediocre children at best. So-so, uninspired, boring, not challenging, over-simplified. Probably not meant for adults or is written for those with limited vocabularies. At least it's only three hundred pages or so and there's almost no referencing needed in this tedious fairy tale. Maybe a bit of Sir Spam-a-lot watered down with rain, wind, and long obtuse journey's. I like the ending. Makes the journey worth while. Sorry if I sounded bitter at the beginning

PimaLib_MaryG Nov 21, 2017

This is a marvelous book by one of my favorite authors. In this post-Arthurian tale of a couple in search of their memories, Ishiguro raises the question - are some things best forgotten? Highly recommended.

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gobula
Oct 13, 2017

This is one of the best books I've ever read. The settings, characters, pace, and meaning are all exceptional, and it is an incredibly moving story. Ishiguro's use of language is absolutely perfect, and I am in awe of his ability to write.

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dano62
Sep 29, 2019

'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.'
'Who princess?'
'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.'

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Uchinaguchi
Jan 08, 2018

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.

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rebmartin31
Jun 02, 2016

"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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ApollosRaven
Jul 23, 2015

"Lovely: a fairy tale for grown-ups, both partaking in and departing from a rich literary tradition. - Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2015

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dano62
Sep 29, 2019

dano62 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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