The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

Book - 2015
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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.



Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2015
ISBN: 9780345809407
Branch Call Number: FIC Ishig
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 25 cm

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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?

AL_ANDREW 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

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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becker
Oct 06, 2017

I am completely and totally smitten with this book. The writing, the imagery, the atmosphere and the message. It is incredible.

APL_StaffPicks Oct 05, 2017

Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

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zbielke
May 15, 2017

So many have commented on the dialogue in this book being simplistic and repetitive. Do not let this scare you off, as the style of writing in these conversations absolutely serves the larger themes of the book and the relationships of the characters. If you are looking for dialogue which has the sole purpose of moving forward a "plot" then there are probably better choices out there for you. The dialogue here is just a small part of a much larger (and lovely) picture the author has created.

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tgaddo
Feb 16, 2017

The writing is unique. It's worth reading for that. But I found myself skimming through pages of dialog and introspection to get back to the story.

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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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