Thursday, October 01, 2015

Ten top books about forgetting

Alastair Bruce is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wall of Days and Boy on the Wire. One of his top ten books about forgetting, as shared at the Guardian:
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

I could have chosen other Ishiguro novels – The Unconsoled being the obvious example – but I regard The Buried Giant, along with The Remains of the Day, as Ishiguro’s finest achievement to date. The manner in which it evokes the mythical and magical in exploring the political repression of memory is remarkable. As Axl and Beatrice slowly recover some of their memories, a deeply divided and violent world is revealed, perhaps one that deserves to be forgotten, suggesting that a degree of forgetfulness is vital for such a world to survive.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Also see Sam Taylor's top 10 books about forgetting.

--Marshal Zeringue