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What made the experience of listening to The Buried Giant the most enjoyable?
Ishiguro's "The Buried Giant" is similar in style to his other novels. This is not to say that is more of the same, but an extremely engaging and interesting novel. The aspect most enjoyable is the process of discovery that is present in the other Ishiguro's novels I have listened to (Never Let Me Go, The Remains of the Day). The reveal is slow and paced, but appropriately so. The language is delicious and engaging. The story is many things all at once, which makes it all the more interesting. For the first third of the novel it was a bit difficult to figure out what the story actually was, but having read other works by this author I was prepared to be patient. Doing so is well worth the effort as the interplay of the different characters results in a weave of such intricacy that it's hard to stop listening.
What other book might you compare The Buried Giant to and why?
Other works by Ishiguro are similar. In particular the slow, steady reveal of plot seems to be a hallmark of this author. The weaving together of a very tight story makes it similar to other great stories.
Which scene was your favorite?
No one particular scene, but one device that I particularly appreciated about this story is the use of reminisces to fill in what has happened up to this point of the story. It seems that every character in the story experiences such reminisces at some point of the story and they are well used to skip ahead in time, but keep the listeners informed and engaged.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Clearly endings are something this author does well. The ending is tender, heartfelt, and moving. It is the perfect bookend to the story that both finalizes the reveal, but allow for the reader's imagination to come into play in the concluding of the story.
Any additional comments?
There are few authors who I read without any knowledge of what the story is about. I purposely avoided reading other reviews of this story since storytelling is what Ishiguro does so well. Listen to this book at the pace it was intended; give it the attention it deserves. You won't be disappointed.
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Where does The Buried Giant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I have never had a prose style and a reading style be so wonderfully matched...
Ishiguro's interweaving of past and present, and points of view are perfectly articulated by Horovitch's use of accent and emphasis -- but without trying to be a different person each time.
This is the kind of book I would usually read in print. But due to eye surgery I downloaded this book -- and I was mesmerized, comforted and coaxed on like a good story told by your favorite uncle at Christmas...
but with the gentle and precise prose of Ishiguro.
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