$26.95ISBN: 9780307271037Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Knopf Publishing Group - March 3rd, 2015
Ishiguro’s wondrous new novel is an epic in the truest sense of the word. An elderly Briton couple sets out on a quiet sunny day to rejoin the son whom they believe resides in a nearby village. The reasons for his departure are lost in the mists of memory—mists which hover over their land as if arisen from the River Lethe, erasing both fond and bitter recollections. Legend has it that this state of forgetfulness is caused by the fog of a dragon’s breath and that should said dragon be slain, memory will return. Along their path, the Briton elders meet a boy, a Saxon warrior, and Sir Gawain, aging nephew to the now-dead King Arthur. The journey these people make in search of memory, the decisions they take, the ways their destinies intertwine and play out form a tale that is wondrous, deeply touching, as large in scope as humanity and history and as particular as love or as the poetry at the book’s heart.