The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

Book - 2015
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"An elderly Briton couple sets off across a troubled land of mist and rain with hopes of finding the son they have not seen in years"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780345809407
Branch Call Number: FIC Ishig
Characteristics: 345 pages


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Jul 09, 2019

Disappointing. I expected better from an author with his writing credentials. Not up to the standards of other Japanese writers held in similar esteem.

Feb 22, 2018

I like to think of this book as the "anti-epic." A tale of knights, swords and dragons told from the human perspective. The themes aren't high fantasy, but thoughtful humanity. A the point of view shifts across characters, we discover that the perils we face aren't ogres, crones and faeries, but our own pasts and the inevitability of our shared future.

Our tender protagonists, Axl and Beatrice, are sympathetic and noble. Showing us, alternately, what is best about the human spirt and worst about our fears, faults and anxiety. As they struggle to piece together their past, beset by a forgetful mist that shrouds the entire land, the reader descends into their story slowly, deeply and heartbreakingly.

Indeed, heartbreak is the core of this well-wrought story. The building and breaking of bonds is a constant theme, played out in large and small scenes—each time with crushing repercussions. By the end of the novel, you're not sure who, if anyone, actually "won."

Beautifully written. Deliberately paced. This is well worth the read.

Jan 03, 2018

It was a slow moving book, but what held my attention was the need to find out what will happen to Axel and Beatrice on their journey to find their son. They met a warrior, a knight (one of King Arthur's) and a weird kid, etc. along their way. It takes the end to find out what happened earlier in their lives and the last page to where their journey ends...the latter being what I suspected given the blend of mythology and fantasy cleverly woven in this book.

Jan 03, 2018

I don't usually read fiction but this fantasy was thought-provoking. I had to ask myself, what purpose do the memories I have serve? And what about the ones I've buried?

ArapahoeAndrew Dec 11, 2017

A whimsical journey that falls short for me.

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. I like the ending. Makes the journey worth while. Sorry if I sounded bitter at the beginning

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.

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.

Oct 06, 2017

I am completely and totally smitten with this book. The writing, the imagery, the atmosphere and the message. It is incredible.

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Jan 08, 2018

I wasn't able to stay interested in this book, and my lack of interest just made it harder to continue. Perhaps this wasn't the right time for this book and I to meet, maybe I had unattainable expectations with it being written by a Nobel Laureate. The story starts in a lull, but even as the pace picks up I remained in an unappreciative lull, unable to care or continue.

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."

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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