Ishiguro, K., The buried giant, coming soon to the University Library
|Disclaimer: the book isn't actually about a buried giant|
The Awakening by Jeff Kubina. Used under a Creative Commons licence
|Arthurian history is hazy and contradictory.|
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The easiest way to describe this book is strange. Reviewers seem to have had difficulty both categorising and understanding it, and it is not as easy or smooth a read as Ishiguro’s other work. Is it a fable, an allegory, a romance or a comment on contemporary international relations? You can decide for yourself.
A mist has descended on Britain as Britons and Saxons live side by side; but they do so partly because the mist makes them forget past atrocities. An elderly couple seek their son in a landscape which is populated with mythical beasts and remnants of former combatants including Sir Gawain.
The conclusion is disturbing.