The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307271037
030727103X
9780571315048
0571315046
Branch Call Number: FICTION ISHIGURO
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 24 cm

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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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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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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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