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read kindle Ø The Buried Giant ´ Paperback Ð kazuo ishiguro ã Εδώ και καιρό η καρδιά το αρνείσαι Αξλ το ξέρω Αλλά τώρα ήρθε η ώρα να το ξανασκεφτείς Πρέπει να κάνουμε ένα ταξίδι χωρίς καμία αναβ?τιού του με σκοπό να ταξιδέψει μακριά και να βρει τον γιο του που έχει να δει εδώ και χρόνιαΆλλοτε άγριο και άλλοτε συγκινητικό το καινούργιο μυθιστόρημα του Ισιγκούρο είναι ένα παραμύθι για τις χαμένες μνήμες την αγάπη την εκδίκηση και τον πόλεμ? Updated 4302015 For context you should know that I’ve read three previous Ishiguro novels The Remains of the Day Never Let Me Go and We Were Orphans I disliked We Were Orphans pretty strongly and liked Never Let Me Go probably not as much as I would have if I hadn’t been spoiled for it and I’d probably like it better on re read But Remains of the Day is one of my favorite books of all time Like if I had a top ten list of books that represent me and my inner life this would be on it So yeah I had hopeful expectations for this book but I also knew that sometimes Ishiguro and I just aren’t on the same wavelength This is one of those times The Buried Giant is very deliberately constructed and as piece of literature I do think it has value I enjoy thinking about it on an intellectual level but due to stylistic choices Ishiguro made I did not connect with it the way I have with his writing before The story takes place in post Arthurian Britain at a time when the Saxons and Britons were living in tenuous peace with one another Our heroes are Axl and Beatrice an elderly married couple who set out one day from their village to seek out their long lost son whom they barely remember This is when we learn that the whole country is suffering from a sort of collective amnesia caused by what Axl and Beatrice call ‘the mist’ Along the way to their son’s village they join up with a Saxon knight and a young Saxon boy as well as an ancient Arthurian knight who has a sacred mission entrusted to him by King Arthur himself Soon Axl and Beatrice’s journey becomes entangled with that of their companions and soon they realize they must help to slay a dragon in order to end the curse of the mist and retrieve their memories not just of their son but of their entire long lives together although they recognize that with the good memories the bad will return as well What follows is a novel that is part allegory although I hesitate to actually call it that as with allegory there are only ever direct correlations between ideas and here they’re general part fable part meditation on memory violence and revenge There were individual sections of this book where I found the writing beautiful and parts where the plights of the characters genuinely moved me and as discussed previously I found the whole intellectually interesting However I’m not sure Ishiguro’s sparse and deceptively simple style which worked so well in his previous novels as a way to conceal truths barely hidden under the surface in a realistic world worked as well here Fantasy can be used successfully towards the same function so the fact that he had the fantasy itself softening his message on top of that seemingly simplistic style meant I had to really work to be engaged while reading It was almost a soporific effect on me although I read the book very uickly It’s like it put my emotions to sleep and not my brain and my emotions are my favorite part of readingAll in all glad I read probably won't be revisiting in the future would probably be interested in some deep discussion to unpack it thoughUpdated 4222015 Well This was a book No just kidding Sort ofI liked it but I didn't love it Honestly I subtracted almost a whole star just because Axl kept calling his wife princess every other sentence But it's a really interesting book that I will have a lot to say about when I can wrap my head around it For now you guys should totally check out the interview Kazuo Ishiguro gave to the podcast Geek's Guide to the Galaxy They talk a lot about how fantasy is perceived by the traditional literary community an argument which Ishiguro unknowingly stepped in when he decided to write a story using fantasy elements and structures It's a really interesting conversation but the best part is when he turns the conversation on the interviewer and starts to go all fantasy noob For the entire last thirty minutes of the interview Ishiguro asks the guy all these uestions about what fantasy books he should read whether Neil Gaiman is cool who is the typical age group for fantasy what adult fantasy can do I was laughing at him while listening because it was just sort of surreal to see this author whose books I've loved initiating himself into this genre I love but it was sweet I like the guyAnyway for now rating this 35 stars Full review later4182014 Not that any of his books will ever live up to Remains of the DayBut I am going to eat this shit up with a spoon

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?ωμένο ζευγάρι Βρετανών ο Αξλ και η Μπέατρις Οι αναμνήσεις τους είναι θολές όπως και όλων των κατοίκων λόγω μιας μυστηριώδους ομίχλης που προκαλεί ένα είδος φθοράς Παρά την αρρώστια της Μπέατρις το ζευγάρι αποφασίζει να αφήσει την ασφάλεια του σπ? The Buried Giant is a subtle and melancholy reflection on memory and forgetfulness and the roles they play both in the lives of individuals and those of countries and peoples It is the kind of novel that yields up its secrets gradually and it’s worth persisting with even if you are not initially convinced It’s a very distinctive work—distinctive to the point of eccentricity—and the reviews have been accordingly mixed some very negative To enjoy it you have to cede to its peculiar incantatory rhythms and its layered sedimentary way of building up meaning If you do the rewards are uite rich The headline news about this novel Ishuguro’s first in ten years is all about its flirtation with the fantasy genre“Kazuo Ishiguro ventures into Tolkein territory” is how The Guardian headed its review You shouldn’t let that put you off if you’re not a fan of fantasy literature any than you should be put off Never Let Me Go if you’re not drawn to science fiction It’s true that at a literal level The Buried Giant’s setting is pure fantasy The narrative unfolds in a remote post Arthurian England of Britons and Saxons and knights and ogres and evil monks and dragons and pixies yes pixies with all the potential silliness that implies That doesn’t make The Buried Giant a fantasy novel though In some senses I think Ishiguro is tending to opt for fantastic—and genreish and cliché ridden—narrative territory in his later novels precisely in order to demote the importance of the literal level in his fiction; he has spoken in interviews of his annoyance at readers taking An Artist of the Floating World as being “about” Japan or The Remains of the Day “about” upstairs downstairs English country house life The Buried Giant isn’t “about” pre Saxon England in any meaningful sense The Arthurian setting seems to have been chosen to resonate with the novel’s themes of memory and forgetting—this is both a factually forgotten and a mythologically much remembered time in English history—and also to evoke medieval romance as a formal model for this kind of fabulistic semi allegorical narrative mode The Buried Giant is interested in the way in which memory shapes national identities often to devastating and destructive effect Embedding a forgotten genocide within a period of English fantasy history traditionally mythologized as a golden age of chivalry is a potent way of exploring this theme; and yet it is purely a vehicle The buried giants and poisoned scapegoats and black collective guilts that haunt this novel are those of the present day world

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The Buried GiantΕδώ και καιρό η καρδιά το αρνείσαι Αξλ το ξέρω Αλλά τώρα ήρθε η ώρα να το ξανασκεφτείς Πρέπει να κάνουμε ένα ταξίδι χωρίς καμία αναβολήΣ’ ένα απομονωμένο χωριό στην Αγγλία την εποχή των θρύλων λίγο μετά τον θάνατο του βασιλιά Αρθούρου ζει ένα ηλικ? Is it better to remember? Or can we only live with ourselves and one another through ignorance?Kazuo Ishiguro writes a spellbinding fable of one elderly couple's uest for memory Their journey takes us deep into a nostalgically rendered Dark Age A post Arthurian Britain inhabited by the myths and heroes of those isles and a few mythic traditions as well Yet it is a fragile Britain where everything balances on the knife edge social s the civilizational veneer lifelong marital love peace itself Memory plays a double role here It holds everything together pulling back from the edge while also supplying that gentle lethal nudge off the cliff The memory of an infidelity Of wartime barbarities Of a lost son Would we want to forget these things for the sake of contentment but while remaining aware of the veil that separates us from an authentic past? Shades of OrpheusIn Ishiguro's Edenic world his characters desire a god like knowledge of the past but at what personal cost? Will they survive? Or will they tip their world into the abyss?Also on Twitter and Tumblr