This much-anticipated novel from Ishiguro has caused some debate in literary circles regarding whether or not it falls into the fantasy genre with his use of mythical creatures like ogres and pixies in the story. It’s also a further departure from two previous, yet very different, novels: The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. In an interview, Ishiguro states that the use of fantasy is simply to provide a framework for themes of memory and forgetfulness, love and aging and peace and war. The story is set in 6th-Century Britain, a land divided by Saxons and Britons. A strange collective loss of memory, likened to a mist, seems to affect the people and often their perceptions. The central characters are an elderly couple, who set out to search for their son, whom they remember, but not the circumstances surrounding his absence. The story is simply written, with characteristically sparse yet evocative descriptions. I recommend reading it like an adventure fable. Let your imagination run free, while you consider the author’s pertinent and complex themes of love and memory.