The Buried Giant (book review)

A new book review from The Movie Snob.

The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro (2015).  I loved Ishiguro’s last novel, 2005’s Never Let Me Go.  It haunted me for days.  Then ten years slipped by, and then he finally published this new novel about a strange, magical England shortly after the departure of the Romans and the reign of King Arthur.  I wasn’t too sure about it, based on the reviews, but I couldn’t resist.  It’s a weird tale, and it’s not in the same league as Never Let Me Go, but it is not without its merits.  A strange fog seems to lie over olde England, making people forget most or all of the past.  An elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, decide to leave their little village and visit their son, whom they have not seen in many years.  It’s a dangerous quest, and they aren’t sure where their son is or even why he left.  They have adventures involving ogres, knights, and a mysterious dragon.  It’s a melancholy tale of memory, forgetfulness, and loss.  I kind of liked it.  But Never Let Me Go is way better.


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