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The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro

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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.

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The Buried Giant
 
4.2

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83%

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  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Well written (4)

Cons

  • Not what I expected (3)

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4.0

An unusual-captiating-exceptional novel i totally enjoyed it

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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  • Not What I expected

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3.0

Read like a child's novel

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    • Disappointing
    • Not the Author's Best
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    Comments about The Buried Giant:

    This was a real disappointment. I have read and enjoyed all K. Ishiguro's other novels and this one was definitely for me, the worst. I thought it almost had a `script for a movie' feel. It was very basically written and the story was slow moving. Perhaps it would be better aimed at the children's market...

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    5.0

    Great Reading

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        Great way to pass the time.

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        5.0

        not at all what i expected

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        from victoria AUSTRALIA

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        At first I was abit confused it was not what I expected But it didnt take me long to really get into its gentle rhythm. The characters were charming and you really became invested in them completely. The story was a completely different take on the king Arthur legends it was really refreshing to read a story of this type with very little violence the plot kept you guessing at every turn.

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        3.0

        Engaging but ultimately unsatisfying ending

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        • Disappointing

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        A outwardly simple story that has some depth.

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        5.0

        Engaging novel

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        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Engaging Characters
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          'It is a profound examination of memory and guilt, of the way we recall past trauma en masse. It is also an extraordinarily atmospheric and compulsively readable tale, to be devoured in a single gulp. The Buried Giant is Game of Thrones with a conscience, The Sword in the Stone for the age of the trauma industry, a beautiful, heartbreaking book about the duty to remember and the urge to forget.'
          Alex Preston, Guardian

          'Ishiguro's prose is as spare, restrained, understated and formal as always, but beneath lie deep emotions. The ending, as so often with this writer, is all the more devastating for being so controlled.'
          Independent

          'A novel that's easy to admire, to respect and to enjoy ... "The Buried Giant" does what important books do: It remains in the mind long after it has been read, refusing to leave, forcing one to turn it over and over. On a second reading, and on a third, its characters and events and motives are easier to understand, but even so, it guards its secrets and its world close. Ishiguro is not afraid to tackle huge, personal themes, nor to use myths, history and the fantastic as the tools to do it. "The Buried Giant" is an exceptional novel.'
          NEIL GAIMAN, THE NEW YORK TIMES

          'What we are given in The Buried Giant has the clear ring of legend, as graceful, original and humane as anything Ishiguro has written.'
          THE WASHINGTON POST

          'What Ishiguro has delivered, after much labour, is a beautiful fable with a hard message at its core... there won't, I suspect, be a more important work of fiction published this year than The Buried Giant. And take note, Peter Jackson. Ishiguro's fiction makes wonderful films.'
          JOHN SUTHERLAND THE TIMES

          'The Buried Giant... reveals itself as a work not just of great originality but peculiar, even hypnotic, beauty: such a late, great extension to Arthurian literature'
          DAVID SEXTON, Evening Standard

          ' Ishiguro is, as ever, very readable...the novel is moving and strangely resonant. I suspect him of being wise, of having a vision that subtly and politely exceeds that of ordinary people. .. Ultimately the novel achieves a tragic synthesis between its various parts that ... that reverberates powerfully in the mind'
          THEO TAIT , Sunday Times

          'Ishiguro was described as "a master craftsman" by Margaret Atwood, and he is every inch that throughout this book, from the self-confidence and certainty of the slow start, through to the final, profound and very moving, pages'.
          EMILY HOURICAN , Irish Independent

          'The world's greatest living novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has a new book out. It is a masterpiece.'
          DAVID WALLIAMS

          'A novelist of unparalleled distinction. The style is elegant, sparse, non-archaic and, as with Ishiguro's other works, it accumulates as you progress, until you are mesmerised by the agony of his characters. It is a bold, sorrowful, brilliant and unyielding book. The journey might be imaginary, yet it is existentially real, and that is its great beauty and strength'
          JOANNA KAVENNA, PROSPECT

          'The prose, as in many of Ishiguro's novels, is lapidary and beguiling, suggestive of secrets to be disclosed. ...for Ishiguro, our poet laureate of loss, the mercies of forgetfulness hold the greater fascination ... The Buried Giant is ultimately a story about long love and making terms with oblivion. It is an eerie hybrid: a children's fable about old age. In Ishiguro's novel, as in life, love conquers all-all, that is, but death.'
          NATHANIEL RICH, ATLANTIC

          'If I was forced at knife point" to name my favourite Ishiguro novel, I would choose "The Buried Giant" for the way it uses fantasy tropes to explore questions about love and mortality. "Fantasy plus literary fiction can achieve things that frank blank realism can't'
          DAVID MITCHELL author of CLOUD ATLAS quoted in New York Times

          'The writing is at times lush and thrilling, rolling the gothic, fantastical, political, and philosophical into one. In its best moments, the fantasy elements blend with the exploration of memory, identity, and power to significant effect. The Buried Giant may feel very different from Ishiguro's previous works, but the concerns that lie at its heart have preoccupied him his entire career'.
          ELAINE TENG, NEW REPUBLIC

          Kazuo Ishiguro

          Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of six novels, A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Primio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize), and a book of stories, Nocturnes (2009). He received an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995, and the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.

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          ISBN: 9780571315048
          ISBN-10: 0571315046
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 352
          Published: 3rd March 2015
          Publisher: Faber & Faber
          Country of Publication: GB
          Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.6
          Weight (kg): 0.48