The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

Audiobook CD - 2015
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From the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day

The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. They know they will face many hazards--some strange and otherworldly--but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight--each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life's memories.

Sometimes savage, sometimes mysterious, always intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade tells a luminous story about the act of forgetting and the power of memory, a resonant tale of love, vengeance, and war.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, c2015
Edition: Unabridged ed. --
ISBN: 9780739381786
Branch Call Number: FIC ISH K
Additional Contributors: Horovitch, David


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Jul 29, 2016

“If that’s how you’ve remembered it, Axl, let it be the way it was. With this mist upon us, any memory’s a precious thing and we’d best hold tight to it.”
This is a strange book. There's no excitement or thrilling moments. There's the everyday. Even the fight scenes seem lackluster; the resolutions unimpressive. But Ishiguro moves Axl and Beatrice to the end of the book and we will remember them.
But there's something intense about an elderly couple travelling through the misty countryside.
Perhaps the lack of memory brings about the lack of excitement and thrilling moments? Is Ishiguro saying that without the past Today is bland?
This is a bold story and it works. Kazuo Ishiguro had a vision and executed it well.
Memory, it's what we have.

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