Book review: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro


The Buried GiantThe Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime:
David Suchet reads The Buried Giant, the powerful new novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Never Let Me Go and Remains of the Day.

“It’s queer the way the world’s forgetting people and things from only yesterday and the day before that. Like a sickness come over us all.”

The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. In this desolate, uncultivated land of mist and rain, people find that their memories are slipping away from them. They live in an uneasy peace but memories of the wars that once ravaged the country are stirring.

In this time of forgetting, one elderly couple – Axl and Beatrice – are determined to hold onto memories of their life together.

Ishiguro’s first new novel in a decade is a moving, mysterious and deeply philosophical book about how societies remember and forget.

Read by David Suchet
Abridged by Sara Davies
Produced by Mair Bosworth.

Episodes:

1/10 In this time of forgetting, one elderly couple – Axl and Beatrice – are determined to hold onto memories of their life together.

2/10 Axl and Beatrice continue their journey to their’s son village.

3/10 On reaching the Saxon village, Axl and Beatrice find a community in turmoil.

4/10 Axl and Beatrice continue their quest, accompanied by the Saxon warrior Wistam and Edwin.

5/10 The travelers reach an isolated monastery , where the monks give them a reluctant welcome.

6/10 The group shelter an isolated monastery. Pursued by foes, can they trust their hosts?

7/10 After an attack on the monastery, Edwin slips back to find Wistam.

8/10 Axel and Beatrice’s quest takes a new purpose, but it’s taking its toll on Beatrice.

9/10 Axl and Beatrice hope to kill the dragon but begin to fear a time when memory returns.

10/10 With the she-dragon Querig slain and memory restored, the land faces a dark future.

3* Never Let Me Go
4* The Remains of the Day
5* When We Were Orphans
2* The Unconsoled
3* The Buried Giant
TR A Pale View of Hills
TR An Artist of the Floating World

By considering the books I’ve already read and the relevance of Ishiguro’s in the contemporary fiction, this book deserves to be read in its printed version in order to have a fair and comprehensive review.

Updates:

The Telegraph – an exclusive extract from Kazoo Ishiguro’s long awaited new novel

Review – NYTimes

In the Buried Giant Ishiguro revisits memory and denial

Review – NYTimes

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