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 nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.
Editors Select, March 2015 - Kazuo Ishiguro is probably my favorite living author, so I was thrilled to discover he was publishing a new novel after nearly 10 years. In high school, The Remains of the Day solidified my love of modern literary fiction, and years later, Never Let Me Go won me over as a speculative fiction fan. At first, I was taken aback by how starkly different The Buried Giant is to his previous novels. It's a fantasy novel set in medieval England, full of magic, knights, and mythical creatures. But within, you'll find all the wonderfully familiar signs of a classic Ishiguro tale: mesmerizing prose, deeply sympathetic characters, and the universal themes of love, loss, and remembrance. I absolutely loved this book, and I know – like his others – I will return to it again and again over the years. Sam, Audible Editor
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The beauty of the reveal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
mysterious, hypnotic, gorgeous book and read.
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.
- Omnivorous Reader