Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Buried Giant (Jan 8)

The book I have chosen for this week Friday meme combo is The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s one of the books I received at Christmas and I’m just starting to read it. The following is from the slipcover:

buried giantThe Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.

The Buried Giant
begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards—some strange and other-worldly—but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

BB.ButtonBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The Buried Giant:

You would have searched a long time for the sort of winding lane or tranquil meadow for which England later became celebrated. There were instead miles of desolate, uncultivated land; here and there rough-hewn paths over craggy hills or bleak moorland. Most of the roads left by the Romans would by then have become broken or overgrown, often faded into wilderness.

This seems like a good set-up for what is to follow, although I don’t know that much about this book, other than it is Ishiguro’s first novel in about ten years, which is why I was keen to read it and put it on my Christmas wishlist.

The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.Friday 56
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The Buried Giant:

‘Let me speak with her alone, Axl. Help me take off this bundle and wait out here for me.’

‘Can’t I be with you, princess, even if I hardly understand this Saxon tongue?’

‘These are women’s matters, husband. Let me talk with her alone, and she’s saying she’ll examine my old body carefully.’

‘I’m sorry, princess, I wasn’t thinking clearly. Let me take your bundle from you and I’ll be waiting here as long as you wish.’

I’m not that sure what is happening here, but I like that the book seems to have strong characters. I’ll hopefully get into the book more this weekend, although I might not have the time for reading too much. We’re planning to finally see the new Star Wars movie tomorrow. Also, the final round of renovations starts on Monday and we have to clear out a couple of rooms for this, so we have a fair bit of furniture and stuff to move around. This work should only take about a couple of weeks to complete and then we can finally unpack our boxes.

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Posted on January 8, 2016, in Book Beginnings, books, Friday 56, Kazuo Ishiguro, reading. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Visiting from Friday 56 and Book Beginnings.

    I remember hearing about this book, but have never read any of Ishiguro’s work. Your BB was especially evocative. It reminds me of how ‘they’ were building a highway extension a few years back in the next county south, and when they decided to ‘go a different way’ it was amazing how quickly nature reclaimed the land that they had prepared.

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  2. I have never read this author, but I am intrigued by the excerpts. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “A LONG TIME GONE”

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  3. I love trees, so I definitely had to check this out. Happy reading.

    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  4. The opening sets the mood and draws me in. I enjoy books that involve a journey, and this sounds like a good one.
    My Friday post features THE TIME IN BETWEEN.

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  5. I have this book and nearly started it instead of The Golem & the Jinni this week!- I hope you enjoy it… and think you’ll probably enjoy the new Star Wars, most people (myself included) have been pretty pleased with that movie (I guess, except Lucas:-)

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  6. I have heard of this author but never read any of his books – I clearly need to correct this oversight. I really like the beginning and the 56 – Britain after the Romans left was a very different country than what it is now and the author has done a great job describing it at the beginning – adding this to Mount TBR. Here’s my Friday post. Enjoy “Star Wars – The Force Awakens” – I did when I saw it last week.

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    • I have read a few of his other books and enjoyed them, so I am looking forward to getting through this one, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I’ve been wanting to pick this one up! Happy reading!

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

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    • Of all the books I put on my Christmas wish list, it was the one I probably wanted to get the most, so I’m glad that I did. Thanks for visiting and I’ll be sure to check out your post as well.

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  8. I’m definitely curious to read on. Happy weekend!

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  9. I think I want to read this ❤

    Our BB

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  10. the beginning and the description both make me feel i need to read this soon.. have not read any of this author’s books

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