The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro

Set in post-Arthurian Britain, Ishiguro’s virtuosic novel is a masterful weave of quest tale, love story, and allegory that takes storytelling, and English itself, back to their roots, with wonderfully fluid prose that glimmers with the emphatic alliterative cadences of Anglo Saxon poetry. This is the perfect vehicle for evoking a realm where, as the medieval map had it, there be dragons—along with ogres, pixies, and sprites, though the gravest danger turns out to be human. This is a land beset by a strange collective amnesia, said to emanate from a dragon’s baleful breath. People abandon children they forget they have. But they also forget betrayals and past differences; Britons and Anglo Saxons forget they hate each other and live in peace. But if Sir Gawain, slower than in his epic days, but here a beautifully realized character, should at last slay the dragon, the forgotten giant of ethnic hostilities will rise from its shallow grave, posing a peril not even Merlin could wish away. Thus Ishiguro takes us through the past and back to our own world.

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ISBN: 9780307271037
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - March 3rd, 2015

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ISBN: 9780307455796
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Published: Vintage - January 5th, 2016

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