How can old wounds heal while maggots linger so richly?
Title: The Buried Giant
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
First Published: 2015
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.42)
I would recommend this book to: People who enjoyed The Road or anyone who’s looking for a different dystopia.
The Beginning: You should have searched a long time for the sort of winding lane or tranquil meadow for which England later became celebrated.
I had no idea what to expect from this one and was completely blown away. It’s one of those books where you’re not quite sure what’s really going on, but the bits and pieces you can decipher amaze you, break your heart and make you long for more.
With beautiful writing, we follow a sweet and loving couple on a quest for their son. Huge chunks of their memories are lost – which is the case for everybody in this dystopian world. People forget things and no one knows or asks why. As we follow them on their adventure, small glimpses of emotion seem to come back, but the details are missing: the who, what or why are all gone. And maybe it’s for the best?
But then again I wonder if what we feel in our hearts today isn’t like these raindrops still falling on us from the soaked leaves above, even though the sky itself long stopped raining. I’m wondering if without our memories, there’s nothing for it but for our love to fade and die.
It’s one of the most unusual and beautiful stories I’ve read in a long time. From the very beginning, the novel planted an unbearable curiosity within me. I wanted desperately to know what was going on and what had happened to these characters. And the end was both perfect and heart-breaking. One that’ll probably stay with me forever.
I listened to the audio, narrated by David Horovitch, who did an excellent job. He used voices and accents, but never overacted. I got the feeling that he understood the characters and felt with them as he read aloud.