The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro

I had heard a lot about this author, and this book before reading it. Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel prize in literature recently too.

So coming into this book you could say I had high hopes. The first 90 pages were boring. I didn't want to press on, but I really dislike abandoning books. I soldiered on, eventhough I wasn't really enjoying the story.

Alas I was finally rewarded with some joy about 100 pages in. This is far too slow an opening for a book that is only 355 pages long.

That being said, I did enjoy the book once it was finished. The story was interesting and does have sort of a fable-like quality to it but unfortunately it takes far too long to get there. I fear many readers won't get past the 100 page hurdle of a boring married couple walking around being rather dull.

A better book by this author is Never Let Me Go. Do not watch the movie first! The book is far more interesting and the movie spoils all the surprises entirely too quickly.

Rating: ★★★ Book #56 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge

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