Monday, December 26, 2016

The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro

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!


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