Seemingly simple in structure and language, yet complex and multifaceted is Ishiguro's latest novel, as per usual grappling with his recurring theme of memory lost and found.
Set in post-Roman England, blending realistic features with mythic beasts and characters, it presents an elderly couple setting out on a quest, worthy of any old-fashioned dungeons & dragons roleplaying game. Their quest leads them to team up with a heroic warrior and a dragon-bitten youth (roleplaying, I tell you!) each on a quest of their own, of course.
Their journey into the English countryside parallels that of their journey into their own memories forcing them to take a stand on issues of love, guilt and revenge.
Not only the theme is Ishiguro's usual business; his poetic and thoroughly elaborate yet simple style is also easily recognizable.
Though this may not be one of his masterpieces, it remains an excellent read!