The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro

Original book title: The Buried Giant
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher: Bonnier Pocket, 336 pages
Year of publication: 2016
Format: Paperback
Language: Swedish

This book is set in the 500s and it’s about an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, who embark on a long and dangerous journey to find their son. The land they live in is wrapped in some kind of collective amnesia, they call the “fog”.

I’ve been curious about this book for a while and longed to start reading it but unfortunately, I was very disappointed.

I really tried to like this book, but everything in it was wrong for me. Let’s start with the language. The whole book is filled with dialogues, which normally wouldn’t bother me, but these dialogues were excruciating and sometimes completely meaningless. It was as if the characters themselves didn’t understand what they were saying to each other and sometimes they even had two completely different conversations with each other. I didn’t understand anything. The language was unbearable and made me lose focus on the story itself. The characters were awful and boring. There were no characters that I liked and sympathized with. They were annoying, whiny, and I did not understand any of them.

I haven’t read anything by Kazuo Ishiguro before and can’t compare this book with his other works, but I can’t say that I’m curious about him as a writer after Buried giant. However, I understand that he wants to say something important with this novel. It’s about forgetfulness and memory. Is it good to forget or should we fight for our memories, even if they are not always good? What happens if you only live in oblivion, in the fog? But unfortunately, it fell flat for me. The message did not reach through, mostly because of the language, but also the characters.

It was really unbearable to read this book, but many like it, although I do not understand why.