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Kazuo Ishiguro

When We Were Orphans

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By the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

England, the 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country’s most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Moving between inter-war London and Shanghai, When We Were Orphans is a remarkable story of memory, intrigue and the need to return.

4 reviews for When We Were Orphans

  1. Pramjit Brar (Verified Purchase)

    I thought the book was very slow to start with. It did pick up and there were interesting insights to pre-war China, still suffering from the (British) opium trade and European racism. Ultimately, satisfying.

  2. Raju Pradhan (Verified Purchase)

    The brutal trauma the young boy experienced Is heartbreakingly painful. The 2nd half the book describes the lost cause of the now grownup man who desperately and vainly tries to deal with the aftermath of the trauma in the equally poignant and haunting way. This book is definitely one of the best I have ever read.

  3. VASU REDDY (Verified Purchase)

    This story was a moving account of youthful dreams brought on from personal tragedy, to the reality of political expediencies. It engrossed me from the start, with its subtle portrayal of rascism and the colonial legacy.

  4. Jeevan Kumar (Verified Purchase)

    For the first third of the book (which I enjoyed the most) I had no idea where the story was heading and now, having finished, I am not quite sure what it was saying. Much to enjoy however, I just love losing myself in the endlessly civilised, thoughtful, almost poetic use of language that marks every sentence of Kazuo Ishiguro’s writing.

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