The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

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
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 25 cm

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AL_ANDREW 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

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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tgaddo
Feb 16, 2017

The writing is unique. It's worth reading for that. But I found myself skimming through pages of dialog and introspection to get back to the story.

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

Though beautiful and lyrical and full of meaningful symbolism and allusions this well crafted story filled with the subtlety expected from Ishiguro didn't capture me and many of the great things about this book just weren't great enough for me. I honestly think many things flew straight over my head and a dedicated reader would have gotten more from it.

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sparisien
Oct 03, 2016

Though I found it frustrating to read at times, this book stayed in my mind and made me reflect. I rarely read a book which I want to discuss but the layers created in the story is fascinating. I agree with some of the readers that the writing style is challenging. Perhaps a metaphor for life?

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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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