The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant is a masterpiece, literally that is all I can describe it as. (Short blog post surely? Sorry sadly not…)

I picked this book up from the airport in Las Vegas as a throwaway to read on the plane, since then I have taken my time and savoured every single page. Trying to describe this book to friends is extremely difficult but I will do my best!

The book follows an elderly couple named Beatrice and Axl as they embark on the journey of their lifetime. The story begins in their village where there are a few odd goings on that set the stage for the rest of the book, no spoilers sorry! But very quickly you become attached to our two main characters, their love for each other and quiet brilliance make them eternally appealing.

As we prepare to follow Axl and Beatrice through their journey be prepared for the disturbing (skinned rabbits, thats all I am saying), the fantastical (ogres and dragons), the emotional (memories, memories and more memories) and finally just plain scary (the monks!). Trying to explain this story you start to come across as a bit crazy –

“It’s like a mythical briton/saxon/post-Arthur Britain where you follow this old couple on adventures but not quite adventures, really emotional journeys, but funny and beautiful and just wow.”

Yeah don’t you really want to read it now!?

This is why this book is a masterpiece; the story is surprising and emotive, the characters deep and engaging, the writing clever and just plain impressive. This is the kind of book that in 15 years will be studied in schools and colleges, not because its boring and ticks boxes but because it is a masterpiece – there is so much to learn and read and see!

In short, this book is a must read no matter what genre is your favourite – just buy it and add it to the “must read” pile now. Seriously. Trust me.

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Can’t put down – The Unmumsy Mum

Okay okay. I know that I haven’t even had sticky out yet and it is way too early to be reading baby books. I’ll just put pressure on myself or get my hopes up blah blah blah.

But i did it. I bought some baby books, including The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner. 

But in my defence, firstly I am organised to a fault. I organise everything and plan ahead for everything, this is my way of coping and preparing. Secondly, I am a complete book nerd – put it this way on my bedside table alone i have 5 books waiting to be read. Then there is the 14 on the floor by my bedside table, then the two full height double depth book cases, two half height double depth bookcases and sporadic piles and books – basically I have a book addiction. Get over it already!

So tonight when looking at my pile of books I couldn’t resist my newest toy and I thought just have a look, a sneak peak. I can’t put it down! I’m hooked! I’m laughing and sighing and completely addicted to find out what’s on the next page. To the point that holding my crisp new hardback book so tight is giving me a blister on my thumb. So far this book is refreshing, witty, honest and totally addictive.

I’m sure I shall be writing more about this book soon, but for now back to the book!

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Starting the journey…

So today was a definite turning point in my life. My husband and I have been discussing for a long time when it is best to start a family and we have finally come to that time!

Soo eeek lots of cheesy metaphors etc!

Today was the day I decided to really get started, I have been trying to get booked in to the doctors to discuss having my contraceptive implant removed so that we could move forward. But I swear its like the whole world was trying to stop me! (Maybe I’m destined to give birth to some kind of evil spawn who will destroy the earth) Anyway, my GP had literally no appointments, not this week, not next week, not next month. Never! NADA! NO MORE APPOINTMENTS! So I contacted my local sexual health, family planning clinic. They were closed until later on, so I waited patiently and called when they were opened. Nope the number had changed please try this other number. GRRRRR. I ring the next number and guess what!?

“Our phones are currently being updated, we are not sure when we will be available please call back later”

I mean seriously? How difficult are you going to make this? And I know if I think this is difficult I’m in for a big shock, but still very frustrating.

I decided to take it into my own hands, so off I popped to my local sexual health clinic and registered for the drop-in appointment. This is where it started to get scary, as I had gone after work by myself I suddenly clicked – this is the next step into my future. A big scary but exciting future! So I started to frantically message my husband asking him to please calm me down and tell me that this is what we wanted. And yes I was going to have a lovely bruise but it will be worth it when we get to get started on the next addition our family. (Two beautiful beagle boys don’t forget!)

Just in time for me to be all psyched up and ready for it the doctor calls me in, we go through my information and why I am there and then I click. This is just the pre-appointment. I need to attend another appointment to have my sticky implant actually taken out. I should know this right!?

Oh well, so I now have the appointment for two weeks away and I am pretty excited! I have joined Mumsnet Forum and I am getting loads of tips and advice, researched books such as “Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies” for my caveman other half and now just need to find a way to try and stay calm and relaxed…

That’ll be easy enough right?

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