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The Buried Giant (2015)

de Kazuo Ishiguro

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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"--… (més)
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I need to preface this review by saying that I have read Ishiguro before and have loved his work. [b:The Remains of the Day|28921|The Remains of the Day|Kazuo Ishiguro|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327128714s/28921.jpg|3333111] ranks among the finest of books, and [b:A Pale View of Hills|28920|A Pale View of Hills|Kazuo Ishiguro|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348339374s/28920.jpg|1676317] left me dazzled and thoughtful. With this in mind, I plunged into The Buried Giant expecting a lot.

I got a lot, I'm just not sure I knew what to do with it. This book is part myth, part allegory, part fantasy and part fable. I was sure I didn't like it, then I found that I did, and then I wondered how many deeply hidden meanings I was missing. Some of the points are obvious, those about war and revenge and how memories affect both the positive and the negative sides of relationships. I recognized many of the references to mythology (Charon makes an appearance and the whole world is floating in the river Lethe in the form of a foggy mist).

I suspect that this is one of those novels that I will be pondering for a while and that might be the key to appreciating it more. Written as it is, I felt no strong attachment to the characters. They seemed more like representative types sometimes than individuals. This was a weakness for me, I wanted to love or hate or admire them, and I didn't, I just watched them.

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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Read this for a book report. Yep I am back in school.

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  Litrvixen | Jun 23, 2022 |
Ever since I first read on Ishiguro novel (Never Let Me Go) I have appreciated his writing style and the feeling you get that you just don't know which way the plot will go. This book is no different although the setting and the mythic aspects are new territory to explore with this author.

The story follows an elderly couple as they battle with a mist which has stopped people remembering events of even the recent past. The story is set in a itme just after the dealth of King Arthur of legend, when the land is split between the indiginous Britons and the incomming Saxons. Against this backdrop the couple embark upon a journey to visit their son, who lives in another village, along the way they are asked to look after a young Saxon boy whose village is in fear of him.

The story is really well crafted, the ending was terribly sad but until the very last few pages not at all predictable.

Even if historic fantasy is not your normal genre I would recommend this book becuase it is first anf formost a literary work in which the author interogates memory and how we respond to it. ( )
  restimson | Jun 22, 2022 |
Never cared about the characters. ( )
  Kate.Koeze | Apr 15, 2022 |
"Some of you will have fine monuments by which the living may remember the evil done to you. Some of you will have only crude wooden crosses or painted rocks, while yet others of you must remain hidden in the shadows of history." Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant.

I read this originally a few years ago and only gave it three stars, but now after reading more of Ishiguro and understanding his themes and style, and then giving this a reread, I'm upping it to five stars. This changed my entire Ishiguro leaderboard as I had this at the #5 spot and now it moves up to #1. I'm also switching Never Let Me Go and Remains of the Day after much thought.

He is at the top of his writing game now as he writes about an elderly couple as they journey through Arthurian England to visit their son and the various people they meet along the way--a knight, a warrior, a boy, and a boatman. In this book, a dragon's mist has fallen over the land so that people cannot quite remember the past. While a number of Ishiguro works tackle individual memory, here he tackles collective memory and perhaps the things we do to live after war and tragedy.

Be warned that there are dragons, but this is not your Game of Thrones, so if that is what you are looking for, keep searching.

Current Ishiguro Ranking:
1. Buried Giant
2. Remains of the Day
3. Never Let Me Go
4. When We were Orphans
5. An Artist of the Floating World.
6. The Unconsoled ( )
  auldhouse | Mar 19, 2022 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 230 (següent | mostra-les totes)
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.
afegit per sturlington | editaNew York Times, Neil Gaiman (Feb 25, 2015)
 
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.
afegit per lorax | editaWashington Post, Marie Arana (Feb 24, 2015)
 

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Horovitch, DavidNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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"--

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