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The Buried Giant

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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ISBN 10
030727103X
ISBN 13
9780307271037
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Knopf Publishing Group. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 2015. First Edition. Hardcover. 030727103X . Inscribed by Ishiguro, looks like new. .

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On Mar 2 2015, CloggieDownunder said:
“…for if we’re mortal let us at least shine handsomely in God’s eyes while we walk this earth!”

The Buried Giant is the seventh novel by award-winning Japanese-born author, Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in post-Arthurian Britain, it follows the journey of a Briton couple, Axl and Beatrice, as they travel some distance to a village where their son, whom they have not seen for quite some years, now waits for them. Along the way, they are drawn into dramas and conflicts involving the people they encounter. The couple are convinced the land is plagued by a mist of forgetfulness, and determined to learn the cause, trusting their love will withstand any memories that are revealed.

Having already met a ferryman and a resentful widow, they are eventually accompanied by a Saxon warrior, a boy with a strange wound and an Arthurian knight with his faithful steed. At a monastery they seek and find wisdom and healing, but are also met with betrayal, monsters, and soldiers. And while one monk asserts “…we must uncover what’s hidden and face the past”, they have difficulty discerning truths from the half-truths and lies they are told. And if they achieve their goal and clear the mist? “Who knows what will come when quick-tongued men make ancient grievances rhyme with fresh desire for land and conquest?”

Ishiguro fills his tale with creatures, characters, objects and happenings from myth and legend: a she-dragon, pixies, a ferry crossing, ogres, instruments of torture, secret tunnels and sword battles. He touches on hate and tolerance, enmity and allegiance, honour and duty, love, loyalty and revenge, war and peace. An Arthurian form of censorship also features. Ishiguro treats the reader to some beautiful prose, but readers of his earlier work will remark on how different this one is. Quite unexpected.

With thanks to The Reading Room and Allen and Unwin for this copy to read and review.

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Bookseller
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Bookseller's Inventory #
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Title
The Buried Giant
Author
Kazuo Ishiguro
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used - Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition
ISBN 10
030727103X
ISBN 13
9780307271037
Publisher
Knopf Publishing Group
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
2015
Keywords
030727103X

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