Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close

When We Were Orphans

by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • ISBN: 9780375410543
  • ISBN10: 0375410546

When We Were Orphans

by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • List Price: $25.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish date: 09/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780375410543
  • ISBN10: 0375410546
used Add to Cart $1.11
You save: 96%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $10.52
You save: 58%
Marketplace Item
Description: This is the story of Christopher Banks, born in Shanghai in the early years of the 20th century to English parents living within the protected enclosures of the International Settlement, and orphaned at the age of nine. First his father, and shortly thereafter his mother, disappears under suspicious circumstances. Christopher is sent to England to be raised by an aunt, and in his 20s becomes one of the most renowned detectives in the country. Finally, in 1937, he returns to Shanghai -- where the war between the Chinese and Japanese is already raging -- to solve the mystery of his parents' disappearances. Welcomed as the prodigal son by the English community, he nonetheless fails in his efforts: only through the shocking confession of a beloved figure from his past does he discover the difficult truths about his parents -- and about himself.

It is a straightforward story, but in its remarkable telling, Kazuo Ishiguro once again displays the full breadth of his gifts. Christopher's voice -- as it comes to us through the pages of his personal journal, begun as he is embarking on his career -- is precise, in control, observant, and detached. Within the layers of this narrative we slowly see revealed what Christopher can't, or won't, see: that his memory, despite what he wants to believe, is not faultless, and not uneffected by the tragedies of his childhood; that his powers of perception, the heralded clarity of his vision, is more blinding than revealing; that reality is sometimes unreal, and order sometimes arbitrary; and that the most simple desires -- a child's for his parents, a man's for understanding -- may give rise to the most complicated truths.

Brilliantly crafted and deeplymoving, subtly evocative of time and place, When We Were Orphans is a narrative feat of both complex logic and soaring imagination.

Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Seller: Owls Books
2,703 orders (93% success)
Location: Toledo, OH
Condition: Good
All pages and cover are intact. Possible slightly loose binding, minor
[...]
Price:
$1.11
Comments:
All pages and cover are intact. Possible slightly loose binding, minor
[...]
Seller: Hawking Books
750 orders (93% success)
Location: Corona, CA
Condition: Acceptable
0375410546 Missing dust jacket. Has loose spine/binding. Pages still intact. Acceptable Condition. Five star seller-Buy with confidence!
Price:
$2.57
Comments:
0375410546 Missing dust jacket. Has loose spine/binding. Pages still intact. Acceptable Condition. Five star seller-Buy with confidence!
Seller: Best and Fastest Books
224 orders (96% success)
Location: west new york, NJ
Condition: Good
Well kept copy with jacket, solid binding, small writing on the corner of
[...]
Price:
$3.03
Comments:
Well kept copy with jacket, solid binding, small writing on the corner of
[...]
Seller: Friends of the Phoenix Library
1,025 orders (96% success)
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
100% of this purchase will support literacy programs through a nonprofit organization!
Price:
$3.20
Comments:
100% of this purchase will support literacy programs through a nonprofit organization!
Seller: Better World Books West
1,926 orders (94% success)
Location: Mishawaka, IN
Condition: Very Good
Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Price:
$3.36
Comments:
Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Seller: Better World Books West
1,926 orders (94% success)
Location: Mishawaka, IN
Condition: Good
Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may
[...]
Price:
$3.36
Comments:
Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may
[...]
Seller: Ezekial Books, LLC
42 orders (98% success)
Location: Manchester, NH
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
0375410546 Former Library Copy. Condition: VERY GOOD. (Book may have one or a
[...]
Price:
$3.66
Comments:
0375410546 Former Library Copy. Condition: VERY GOOD. (Book may have one or a
[...]
Seller: HPB-Ruby
7,017 orders (97% success)
Location: Dallas, TX
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Price:
$4.50
Comments:
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Seller: HPB-Emerald
5,861 orders (96% success)
Location: Dallas, TX
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Price:
$4.50
Comments:
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Seller: HPB-Diamond
6,319 orders (96% success)
Location: Dallas, TX
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Price:
$4.50
Comments:
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Seller: Half Price Books Inc
7,950 orders (97% success)
Location: Dallas, TX
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Price:
$4.50
Comments:
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Seller: HPB Inc.
8,271 orders (97% success)
Location: Dallas, TX
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Price:
$4.50
Comments:
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Seller: Ergodebooks
15,248 orders (98% success)
Location: Richmond, TX Ask seller a question
Condition: New
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Price:
$10.52
Comments:
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Seller: WonderBook
111 orders (93% success)
Location: Frederick, MD Ask seller a question
Condition: Good
First edition copy. Collectible - Very Good. Very Good dust jacket.
Price:
$11.45
Comments:
First edition copy. Collectible - Very Good. Very Good dust jacket.
Seller: Ergodebooks
15,248 orders (98% success)
Location: Richmond, TX Ask seller a question
Condition: Good
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Price:
$12.19
Comments:
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
please wait
Please Wait

Notify Me When Available

Enter your email address below,
and we'll contact you when your school adds course materials for
.
Enter your email address below, and we'll contact you when is back in stock (ISBN: ).