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A hauntingly beautiful book about the meaning of memory and the persistence of love. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly Briton couple, decide to leave their village in search of their lost son. Along the way they encounter a hateful Saxon warrior, a stricken child, and the elderly Sir Gawain. Evoking stunning images of post-Arthurian England, then enveloping those images inside a magical mist thicker than the blood-soaked killing fields. Put this one on the shelf next to T. H. White and Thomas Mallory. It will break your heart.— Jan
“Ishiguro's new novel is a work of wonder, transport, and beauty. A recurrent theme in his earlier books, always shown with great originality, is the matter of what happens after we have lost our way. In The Buried Giant, Ishiguro explores losing direction, memory, and certainty, as the primary characters cling to remnants of codes of behavior and belief. Which is the way through the forest? Where might our son be? And where is the dragon, and who shall seek to slay her? Set in the time just after King Arthur's reign, Ishiguro's tale, with striking, fable-like rhythm and narrative, shows how losing and finding our way runs long, deep, and to the core of things.”
— Rick Simonson, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA