The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

There’s a journey we must go on, and no more delay …

My GoodReads’ Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5, which means: It was amazing!

Artuccino’s bookish observation

I’m usually not one for fantasy, I’m not one for dragons and ogres nor symbols. I chose this book because I loved the cover (the blue cover with gold writing), and it was written by Kazuo Ishiguro. After parting trepidatiously with AUD$30 for the printed book, I thought: Oh my, I hope I like the story!

Choosing a book just for the cover isn’t clear thinking, however I’m glad to report I was not disappointed, I was surprised and delighted by it’s strangeness. All the way through the story I found things that held true for the way of our world. Every now and then, something would happen in the story and my little grey-cells would sparkle, oh yes, I get that. It’s beautiful. I was very moved by the ending. I really got-it, and loved it.

I’ve added this book to my List of Betterment because it fulfils my my criteria for what makes a quality read for me because it had an impact on my emotions, it was memorable, and I would enthusiastically recommend it to my friends and family.

A little about my List of Betterment (books that speak to me)

My goal for my List of Betterment is to create a list of fifty books, and write about them. The books on the list are books “that speak to me” and deepen my understanding of the world around me and my understanding of my inner self, that is, what quality reading is for me. My List of Betterment has been inspired by Andy Miller’s intriguing book, The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life. I believe it is possible, by reading stories about the lives and worlds of others, the reader can become more accepting of the differences between people; an understanding of diverse personalities and cultures can be gained, and the reader will very likely experience a rewarding and pleasurable journey. Stories within books introduce the reader to an enormous number of characters, all sorts of predicaments, leading to fascinating consequences and outcomes. The reader of a book will find out about people, places and circumstances that they could never experience in several lifetimes.

Books “that speak to me” (quality reading from my perspective) contain two or more of the following elements:

  • I love the book;
  • It has elements of enlightenment;
  • I have the desire to share it with others;
  • It had an impact on my emotions, and is memorable;
  • Reading it twice has value;
  • I have the desire to keep the book on my shelf; it is collectable;
  • It is a “classic” and reading it felt like an achievement.
A little about the book

The Buried Giant is about lost memories, love, revenge and war. It is set in a time when the Romans have long since departed Britain, and it is steadily declining into ruin, but the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The story begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards — some strange and other-worldly — but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

A little about the author

Sir Kazuo Ishiguro OBE FRSA FRSL is a British novelist, screenwriter, and short-story writer. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and moved to the United Kingdom in 1960 when he was five. He is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world. He has received four Man Booker Prize nominations and won the award in 1989 for his novel The Remains of the Day. Ishiguro’s 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go, was named by Time as the best novel of the year, and was included in the magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005.

His novels often end without resolution. The issues his characters confront are buried in the past and remain unresolved. Thus Ishiguro ends many of his novels on a note of melancholic resignation. His characters accept their past and who they have become, typically discovering that this realisation brings comfort and an ending to mental anguish. This can be seen as a literary reflection on the Japanese idea of mono no aware.[original research?] Ishiguro counts Dostoyevsky and Proust amongst his influences. His works have also been compared to Salman Rushdie, Jane Austen, and Henry James, though Ishiguro himself rejects these comparisons. Source: Biography adapted from Wikipedia ((Find out more about Kazuo Ishiguro at Wikipedia))

Genre – Fiction

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Backdrop

Post Roman Britain

First Published

2015

Other books by the author

Remains of the Day