The Buried Giant: A novel

The Buried Giant: A novel (2015, Knopf)

317 pages

Published March 3, 2015 by Knopf.


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On the surface the story seems simple enough: in medieval England, plagued by a magic that causes everyone to forget the things that happened in the recent and distant past, an old couple decides to travel to a nearby village to visit their son whom they haven't seen in a very long time. However, this being Kazuo Ishiguro, there's so much more to what's really going on.Much of the story's mystery stems, not from why they can't remember, but from what it actually is they have forgotten. Slowly, as the story progresses, we are given pieces of the couple's, as well as the country's, past. Along the way, they meet up with several other characters who also have a role to play in this forgetfulness and in trying to find a way to undo it.While there are dragons, ogres, pixies, magic, and a devil dog, this is not a traditional โ€ฆ