The Buried Giant: A novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 3, 2015 - Fiction - 336 pages
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From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory.
In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven't seen in years. And, because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him. As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share. By turns savage, suspenseful, and intensely moving, The Buried Giant is a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory.

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A forgotten memory told as a mythical quest set in a forgotten land. This is one of those books that has a definite feel to it - atmospheric doesn't quite define it. The setting, the characters, how ... Read full review

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The Buried Giant sort of snuck up on me really. Several rainy days on a holiday led me to the warm embrace of a fine second-hand bookshop. I saw The Buried Giant, amongst a few other gems, and added ... Read full review

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Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Gawains First Reverie
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Gawains Second Reverie
Chapter Fifteen

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Kazuo Ishiguro is the 2017 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages. Both The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have sold more than 1 million copies, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. Ishiguro's other work includes The Buried Giant, Nocturnes, A Pale View of the Hills, and An Artist of the Floating World.

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