When We Were Orphans

by Kazuo Ishiguro | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0571203841 Global Overview for this book
Registered by LouiseB79 of Malton, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on 9/20/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by LouiseB79 from Malton, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 20, 2013
A beautifully written but somewhat grim story which I read in one sitting during a flight. The plot revolves around a man, Christopher Banks, who was brought up in Shanghai in the 1910s but was brought back to England as a child when both of his parents went missing within months of each other. As a young man who has become a famous private detective, he decides to go back to China and use his investigative skills to find out what happened to his parents.
The actual investigation is only alluded to - Banks seems to do a lot of the boring research off-stage and it is not really the point of the book. The main focus is Christopher's inner life and the effect wrought on him by growing up with such a mysterious event permanently at the back of his mind. When he does eventually find out some of the truth, the impact it has on him seems less than I would have expected, but it's still more than worth reading, especially if you're interested in the Far East.

Released 5 yrs ago (9/24/2013 UTC) at Monthly Bookcrossing Meetup at The Graduate in York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom


Released at monthly BookCrossing meetup

Journal Entry 3 by sherdnerdess at York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 05, 2013
Acquired at the meetup. It's got Asian content and therefore must be read in the world on me. Split between China and Shanghai during the Japanese occupation. The detective protagonist must discover whether his parents are still alive and hostage.

Released 3 mos ago (9/25/2018 UTC) at Brigantes Bar & Brasserie OBCZ / Meetup Venue in York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom


Bringing to the meet up for Author-I theme. Not sure what to make of the book.

Journal Entry 5 by Worthers at York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Picked up at this evening's York bookcrossing meet up as I've never read any Ishiguro but feel like I should.

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