Guilt, Dark Souls, and the Buried Giant

“That’s true, good lady, but then we boatmen have seen so many over the years it doesn’t take long to see beyond deceptions. Besides, when travellers speak of their most cherished memories, it’s impossible for them to disguise the truth.”– the boatman

Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest book, The Buried Giant, is incredibly good. The book confused a lot of critics as the book is an out-and-out fantasy tale, a far cry from his other books. His last work, Never Let Me Go, was a sci-fi novel regarding humanity, but for some reason fantasy novels don’t get the same leeway as sci-fi works. There is probably a lot of commentary out there about this very thing, so I won’t dwell on it too much. What I do want to discuss is how the book uses a fantasy setting to discuss guilt and remorse on a level I have never seen before, why I recommend the book to anyone who has wanted to know what playing Dark Souls is like without ever playing it, and how various settings can benefit from a deep exploration of emotional catharsis, even serving as the entire campaign story.