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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (3-Mar-2015) Hardcover (2015)

af Kazuo Ishiguro (Forfatter)

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3,6912162,493 (3.62)282
"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"--… (mere)
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Titel:The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (3-Mar-2015) Hardcover
Forfattere:Kazuo Ishiguro (Forfatter)
Info:Faber & Faber; Main edition (3 Mar. 2015) (no date)
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses
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Even the characters don't seem to know what is going on in the book, and they just wanted to power through to the end to get it over with. I felt the same.


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  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
Beautiful prose, meandering story with unreliable narrators. Manages to be a lovely fantasy story, but with elderly protagonists in a world that no longer makes sense to them. More than just a story of losing control of one's life as one ages, because it is not just these two who are forgetting. Has some elements of 'urban realism' except that it is much more 'historical realism'. ( )
  fred_mouse | Mar 20, 2021 |
If you want to read my full review click this link: https://shyannesarris.com/2021/02/01/book-review-the-buried-giant/

Written By: Kazuo Ishiguro

Final Overall Rating: 9/10

First of all, this review is purely derived from my own personal opinion. If you disagree, let me know in the comments; I am always up for a good discussion or to answer questions.

Recommend Yes or No:

Yes. This book is a modern-day classic. In this post-Arthurian piece of literature, Ishiguro symbolizes the disparity between peoples and nations through the marriage and memories (or lack thereof) of Axl and Beatrice. Simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking, this book provides a narrative, both on the individual level and global level, as to why it can be so difficult to move on from the past. And, it also examines what would happen if we forgot our heritage and history altogether.

(Spoilers Below – Read at your own peril!)

Writing Style: 10/10

Every sentence has meaning – it is there for a reason. Ishiguro writes this book in third person and past tense. I feel like the primary driving force of Ishiguro’s style is to pose his ethical and social questions, regarding humanity, to the reader. He accomplishes this goal through tactically created scenarios and dialogue. Ishiguro also uses heavy foreshadowing throughout this entire novel (in particularly with the fog, dragon, and boatmen). This translation of themes through a web of literary layers portrays human nature in its most raw and primal form. One thing to be aware of, I would consider this a “highbrow” book; so, because it is dense, it might not be enjoyable for all audiences.

Story: 9/10

The story of The Buried Giant is unique and not at all what I expected. To be honest, I do not know what I expected but it certainly wasn’t this masterpiece. The Saxon’s and the Britons had brought themselves to the brink of destruction, but they don’t know it, because they don’t remember. All they think they want is to live in peace. However, the price for “peace” is high – it is the nations’ memories. With a surprising antagonist and morally gray reasoning, Ishiguro paints a picture of humanity’s intense inability to find and live in peace.

I do want to talk about the ending a little bit. First off, if you cried rest assured you are not the only one. My heart broke when Axl could not accompany Beatrice with the Boatman to the island of afterlife. I would be happy if I never read about boatman again (if you have read the book then you know what I mean). At the start of the book Ishiguro shows readers Axl and Beatrice’s role model relationship… one of unconditional love. However, as the story progresses foreshadowing eludes that their unconditional love hinges on the amnesia blanketing the past. After the fog of forgetting lifts, Axl and Beatrice remember the damage that they inflicted on one another throughout their marriage. And, even despite their intense love for one another they are unable to overcome their betrayal and acts of revenge. I took this ending to be a representation of the Saxons and Britons (really any persons or nations) failure to forgive and find peace. As a result of pain and hardened hearts, Axl and Beatrice are unable to accompany each other in the afterlife, and Axl is left behind – his love gone and a war brewing. I think that this demonstrates that even when one generation of pain passes on another is left behind to carry on the mantel of animosity. So, unless worldwide amnesia infects humanity, we will continue our cycle of war and destruction.

I did take one point off of this section, because I felt like the story took too long getting off the runway. This book starts off in a small and dysfunctional town, which Ishiguro uses to build up Axl and Beatrice’s loving relationship to readers. However, I think he could have accomplished building their love in a lower page count – which would have helped give the book better pacing. My advice is don’t give up and make it through the first 100 pages. After this point in the book the story really takes off!

Character Development: 8/10

Ishiguro’s male characters are well developed – even his side characters have personality and defining traits. That is a huge reason why this book and its overarching themes work. The characters are dynamic and by the end of the book they have all evolved through their experiences and choices. Their dialogue is lifelike and believable, and they do not ever break from their character – at least not without sound reason. One thing that did bug me about Ishiguro’s character development was his lack of development in Beatrice (his only real female character). I thought she could have had more of a personality and could have played a larger part in how the book unfolded. Sadly, most of the time she felt more like a breaking doll than a human woman. Another annoyance that carried throughout the book was Axl’s nickname for Beatrice – princess – felt forced, and I just got bothered hearing the word “princess” over and over. However, despite these two issues, I commend Ishiguro on his character development. ( )
  Shyanne_Sarris | Feb 2, 2021 |
Strange book. ( )
  ladyars | Dec 31, 2020 |
First of all, if your exposure to Kazuo Ishiguro is limited to *The Remains of the Day* or *Never Let Me Go,* you might be disappointed. Second, if your exposure to this book is the promise of early Saxon/Briton/Arthurian mythology, you might be disappointed. If, however, you're expecting an Ishiguro novel that merges, transcends, and subverts genre, then you're in good shape to enjoy this novel quite thoroughly.

I did. Quite thoroughly. At first, this seems like a quest narrative--an elderly couple seeks to visit their son in his village far away. A young preteen boy has been kidnapped by ogres and rescued by a Saxon warrior. And an aged Arthurian knight is seeking, with the Saxon warrior, a dragon that has crippled the land with a magical mist. And yet, nothing is as it seems. The couple can't seem to remember their pasts, and no one can seem to understand their connections to one another, their nations, or their land. Ishiguro skillfully delves into the dangers of forgetting and the pain of remembrance. His depiction of love is both abiding and dark, a complex portrayal of family and marriage.

It reminded me in many ways of his 1995 novel *The Unconsoled* (but in a good way). Now I want to reread *The Unconsoled* and this novel all over again. I'd give it 6 or 7 stars if Goodreads would let me.

January 2017: I am thinking about this now from a national/political view and Ishiguro leaves a lot of uncomfortable questions hanging. He and Zadie Smith are at the forefront of literature that explores the darker side of our cosmopolitan society. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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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.
tilføjet af sturlington | RedigerNew 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.
tilføjet af lorax | RedigerWashington Post, Marie Arana (Feb 24, 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"--

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