Book Review: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Review: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Rating: ⅖

Method Read: Hardcover

   The Buried Giant


An old man and a woman set out upon a journey to visit their son. Along the way they meet a boatman, a warrior, an injured boy, a group of superstitious Saxons, an Arthurian knight, a mist that takes away memories, a group of zealous monks and a dragon.

The book has an almost fairytale quality. As though the reader is expected both to believe the story could’ve happened, all the while knowing that it is impossible.

The most compelling moments were when Axl and Beatrice were alone or when they encountered minor characters. Their bond is interesting to investigate, unfortunately we just don’t get enough of those moments.

I found the  Saxon warrior’s part the most confusing and least interesting. I didn’t understand what motivated him until the end of the book, and by then it was too late to see him as integral to the story.

All in all a disappointing offering from the master Ishiguro. Try Never Let Me Go if you’re looking for a book of his that is more enjoyable.


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