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The Buried Giant

By: Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrated by: David Horovitch
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Editorial reviews

Editors Select, March 2015 - Kazuo Ishiguro is probably my favorite living author, so I was thrilled to discover he was publishing a new novel after nearly 10 years. In high school, The Remains of the Day solidified my love of modern literary fiction, and years later, Never Let Me Go won me over as a speculative fiction fan. At first, I was taken aback by how starkly different The Buried Giant is to his previous novels. It's a fantasy novel set in medieval England, full of magic, knights, and mythical creatures. But within, you'll find all the wonderfully familiar signs of a classic Ishiguro tale: mesmerizing prose, deeply sympathetic characters, and the universal themes of love, loss, and remembrance. I absolutely loved this book, and I know – like his others – I will return to it again and again over the years. Sam, Audible Editor

Publisher's summary

An extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..."

The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

©2015 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2014 Random House Audio

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The mists of memory
"Buried Giant is a languid, masterful study of characterization, language, and memory. There’s lots of walking and talking in this listen, but I never found myself bored because the characters—oh, my word, the characters—resound with personality, desires, and mysterious motivations. The listening experience feels like a chess match being played in the fog, where the board itself has hills and valleys which may or may not conceal a slumbering monster from another age. This is patient, literary fiction at its finest."
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