There's a journey we must go on and no more delay . . .
Kazuo Ishiguro's seven previous books have won him wide renown and many honours around the world. His work has been translated into over forty languages. The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have each sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in Faber editions alone, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films.
'A novel that's easy to admire, to respect and to enjoy ... The Buried Giant does what important books do: It remains in the mind long after it has been read, refusing to leave, forcing one to turn it over and over. On a second reading, and on a third, its characters and events and motives are easier to understand, but even so, it guards its secrets and its world close. Ishiguro is not afraid to tackle huge, personal themes, nor to use myths, history and the fantastic as the tools to do it. The Buried Giant is an exceptional novel.' - Neil Gaiman, The New York Times
'It is a profound examination of memory and guilt, of the way we recall past trauma en masse. It is also an extraordinarily atmospheric and compulsively readable tale, to be devoured in a single gulp. The Buried Giant is Game of Thrones with a conscience, The Sword in the Stone for the age of the trauma industry, a beautiful, heartbreaking book about the duty to remember and the urge to forget.' - Alex Preston, Guardian
'Ishiguro's prose is as spare, restrained, understated and formal as always, but beneath lie deep emotions. The ending, as so often with this writer, is all the more devastating for being so controlled.' - Independent
'What we are given in The Buried Giant has the clear ring of legend, as graceful, original and humane as anything Ishiguro has written.' - The Washington Post
'If I was forced at knife point to name my favourite Ishiguro novel, I would choose The Buried Giant for the way it uses fantasy tropes to explore questions about love and mortality. Fantasy plus literary fiction can achieve things that frank blank realism can't.' - David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, quoted in New York Times
'What interests Ishiguro, as he patiently illuminates ... are the deepest, oldest questions of life. Who are we? How did we become whom we are? How should we behave? Most urgently: is it possible to change? ... The Buried Giant can be read as contemporary commentary but it is also Ishiguro's version of the Divine Comedy, taking "comedy" in the Dantean sense, to mean the astonishing journey of life, something begun in darkness and ignorance but with possibilities of enlightenment if you are prepared to educate both your head and heart ... what is inescapable is that in the end we all confront the ferryman; in fact, he has been shadowing us all along. Ishiguro, in this absorbing, tender, forgiving novel, hints that how we manage the finale might depend on the search in which "black shadows make part of its whole." A few years ago Ishiguro remarked that novelists have always done their best work by the time they reach 40. The Buried Giant puts that theory to bed with some finality.' – Helen Elliott, The Monthly
'immensely satisfying and lovely, and the closing coda is one of the best things I've read in, well, living memory.' - The Saturday Paper
'I loved this book, and think [Ishiguro] one of the greatest living writers in English – a modern Kafka crossed with a modern Chekhov.' – Tegan Bennett-Daylight, The Weekend Australian