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When We Were Orphans

When We Were Orphans

  • Title: When We Were Orphans
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  • ISBN : 9780571225408
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 320 pages


An English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England, he grows up to become a renowned detective and, 20 years later, returns to Shanghai, where the Sino Japanese War is raging.The maze of human memory the ways in which we accommodate and alter it, de An English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England, he grows up to become a renowned detective and, 20 years later, returns to Shanghai, where the Sino Japanese War is raging.The maze of human memory the ways in which we accommodate and alter it, deceive and deliver ourselves with it is territory that Kazuo Ishiguro has made his own In his previous novels, he has explored this inner world and its manifestations in the lives of his characters with rare inventiveness and subtlety, shrewd humor and insight In When We Were Orphans, his first novel in five years, he returns to this terrain in a brilliantly realized story that illuminates the power of one s past to determine the present.Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England, he grows up to become a renowned detective and, than twenty years later, returns to Shanghai, where the Sino Japanese War is raging, to solve the mystery of the disappearances.The story is straightforward Its telling is remarkable Christopher s voice is controlled, detailed, and detached, its precision unsurprising in someone who has devoted his life to the examination of details and the rigors of objective thought But within the layers of his narrative is slowly revealed what he can t, or won t, see that his memory, despite what he wants to believe, is not unaffected by his childhood tragedies that his powers of perception, the heralded clarity of his vision, can be blinding as well as enlightening and that the simplest desires a child s for his parents, a man s for understanding may give rise to the most complicated truths.A masterful combination of narrative control and soaring imagination, When We Were Orphans is Kazuo Ishiguro at his best


Author Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro or is a British novelist of Japanese origin and Nobel Laureate in Literature 2017 His family moved to England in 1960 Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor s degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master s from the University of East Anglia s creative writing course in 1980 He became a British citizen in 1982 He now lives in London.His first novel, A Pale




When We Were Orphans Reviews (46)

  • Second reading Ishiguro s novels are nothing if not enigmatic There s disorientation the reader is never quite sure where he stands When We Were Orphans is a quasi Bildungsroman or coming of age detective story It is set over a period of fifty years or so in London, Shanghai and then b [..]

  • My favourite Ishiguro On the contrary, it is never too late to, as you put it, pick up the scent Indeed, it most certainly isn t This book was so, so, deep I feel like my emotions have been stretched to breaking point when reading If you ve not ready any of Ishiguro s novels before, then do [..]

  • Many reviews here have commented on Ishiguro s unreliable narrators let s let that classification stand, whether or not it is entirely valid or really applies to all of his work , as if this aspect of his fiction is so obvious, or that it has been so exhaustively mined, that there is little to nothi [..]

  • When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro When We Were Orphans is the fifth novel by Nobel Prize winning British author Kazuo Ishiguro, published in 2000 Ishiguro himself saying It s not my best book 2002 1381 400 9643630978 1385 1392 9789643630973 20 When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro When We Were Orp [..]

  • A pretty good novel I thought it was outstanding until the back quarter Renowned London detective Christopher Banks was raised in the International part of Shanghai, sent to England after both his parents disappeared He is smitten with a social climbing siren who figures in his adventure when he ret [..]

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