The Buried Giant

buriedgiantThe Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro – English
2015/ 317 pages
rating:  6 /   fantasy/allegory

An old loving, peaceful and honest Briton couple, Axl and Beatrice, live in a warren  in early medieval England, maybe mid-6th century, shortly after King Arthur’s  time, when Britons were Christian but Saxons tended toward paganism.  They realize that they have started to lose their memory and that they are not alone, their friends and neighbors seem to be losing theirs, too. They think it has something to do with a mist which has settled. They decide to walk to see their son, maybe move to where he lives and the think they remember the way.
Their early adventures include climbing past the place the giant is buried, crossing a monster-ridden Great Plain, and a visit to an old crumbling Roman villa where they encounter an old woman and a trickster boatman (death?) who tests their love for each other.  If thry love each other enough they can cross together.  But rather than crossing, the couple  moves on to a Saxon village where Beatrice knows some people through her trading.  >>>MORE>>>>
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