Just do as I did with My Struggle. Try the first volume and see how it goes. I don't feel committed to try to read all of a newer work the way I do to read something of the reputation of Proust. Maybe My Struggle is a very good novel or whatever it is. I read good things about it, comparisons to Proust. But who knows?
It began, like In Search of Lost Time, with a story or two from childhood. Then there was a lot of teenage beer buying and partying. The last half or third was more intriguing. The narrator and his brother had to clean up after his father's death, and I wondered what the hell happened to his father and why he had such negative feelings about him. Perhaps that would be answered in part two. If I run out of things I'm more interested in reading, which happened to me a couple years ago, I'll read volume two.
I didn't dislike The Buried Giant, but I didn't like it as much as you seem to have. I certainly wasn't expecting a fantasy novel, though I've no objection to that. I'm sure it's worth a second read sometime. I'll wait till Guillermo reads it to say whatever little else I can say about it.
I'm ready to begin Cloud Atlas now.
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