giant

The latest addition to my website is Kazuo Ishiguro‘s The Buried Giant. This book has received a lot of criticism, not least because it is major departure for Ishiguro as it is, to all intents and purposes, a Lord of the Rings/Arthurian legend-style fantasy. Set in the fifth/sixth century, it tells of the quest of an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, a Saxon warrior, Wistan, and a twelve-year old Saxon orphan, Edwin, who is destined to be a warrior, all of whom are on a quest. Axl and Beatrice are looking for their son but keep getting sidetracked, Wistan is looking to kill a dragon whose breath is causing people to forget things and Edwin wants to find his biological mother and become a warrior. They have various adventures, meeting ogres, pixies and the like, as well as a now aged Sir Gawain, from the Arthurian legends, wicked monks and the knights of British warlord, Lord Brennus, who has a personal vendetta against Wistan. It is all very much sub-Lord of the Rings/Mary Stewart. If you enjoy that sort of thing you may well enjoy it. I did not really take to Lord of the Rings but found it a far superior work to this which I found very disappointing, after a ten year wait.