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The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant 4

by Kazuo Ishiguro
Publication Date: 01/03/2015
4/5 Rating 4 Reviews

**Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature**

'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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Kazuo Ishiguro's seven previous books have won him wide renown and many honours around the world. His work has been translated into over forty languages.

The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have each sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in Faber editions alone, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films.

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and came to Britain at the age of five. He 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, Premio 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, Corine Internationaler Buchpreis, Serono Literary Prize, Casino de Santiago European Novel Award, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize). Nocturnes (2009), a collection of stories, was awarded the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa International Literary Prize.

In 1995 Ishiguro received an OBE for Services to Literature, and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

In 2017 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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  • Beauty of prose prevails for Ishiguro

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    Ten years after his super selling futuristic Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro takes us back to Dark Ages Britain to set his fable on memory, forgetting, love, war and revenge. As ever with Ishiguro, the beauty of his prose is deceiving, hiding an unsettling edge which can be hard to pinpoint.

  • Clunky language - poor storyline

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    First review ever because I hated this book and don't want others to read the reviews and buy it.
    The language is awful and jarring and not fluid to read. The characters aren't likeable and the story is not engaging. I wouldn't have bothered finishing it but I have a rule to always finish books. If you don't like it at the beginning - it doesn't get better.

  • Puts one in in mind of an Old English poem

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    The Buried Giant draws on Arthurian mythology and the history of invasion and racial tension through the Dark Ages to examine memory at both an individual and societal level. Reading this puts one in mind of listening to a story told over winter months stuck inside, both beautiful and with more to grasp than what is apparent on the surface. As always Ishiguro, with his particular ability to reinvent his writing style for each book, has delivered a completely new novel to anything he's previously written.

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