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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
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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.

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