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Book Club: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Ella Whelan introduces a discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro's seventh novel.

7:00pm, Thursday 21 April 2016, Central London

‘Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant caused a stir in literary circles for its unexpected choice of setting of an ancient, mythical England. It brings to life a post-Arthurian world of demons, ogres and pixies, which is a risky move for Ishiguro given the fantasy genre has a reputation for being largely read by children and a niche group of fans. But Ishiguro is not an author who worries about others’ expectations. Which is just as well, because this, his seventh novel, is a treat. It is rare to find a book that is powerful enough to make the reader surrender himself to its illusions, but Ishiguro’s book does just that. The Buried Giant is escapism at its best, forcing the reader to let his or her imagination take control.’

Read more of Ella Whelan’s review here.

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 ... 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, New York Times)

Buy The Buried Giant at Amazon (UK).


Ella Whelan
staff writer, spiked