The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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From the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. They know they will face many hazards—some strange and otherworldly—but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight—each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life's...
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804191890


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May 22, 2018

This book put me to sleep on five consecutive nights. I highly recommend it to insomniacs. I have not read anything by Ishiguro and do not intend to read anything by him. If this the kind of writing that wins Nobel prizes, then the literary world is in trouble.

Jul 29, 2016

“If that’s how you’ve remembered it, Axl, let it be the way it was. With this mist upon us, any memory’s a precious thing and we’d best hold tight to it.”
This is a strange book. There's no excitement or thrilling moments. There's the everyday. Even the fight scenes seem lackluster; the resolutions unimpressive. But Ishiguro moves Axl and Beatrice to the end of the book and we will remember them.
But there's something intense about an elderly couple travelling through the misty countryside.
Perhaps the lack of memory brings about the lack of excitement and thrilling moments? Is Ishiguro saying that without the past Today is bland?
This is a bold story and it works. Kazuo Ishiguro had a vision and executed it well.
Memory, it's what we have.


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