When We Were Orphans

by Kazuo Ishiguro | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 057120516x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 7/27/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, July 27, 2014

"From the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of Remains of the Day comes this stunning work of soaring imagination.

Born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, Banks was orphaned at the age of nine after the separate disappearances of his parents. Now, more than twenty years later, he is a celebrated figure in London society; yet the investigative expertise that has garnered him fame has done little to illuminate the circumstances of his parents' alleged kidnappings. Banks travels to the seething, labyrinthine city of his memory in hopes of solving the mystery of his own, painful past, only to find that war is ravaging Shanghai beyond recognition-and that his own recollections are proving as difficult to trust as the people around him.

Masterful, suspenseful and psychologically acute, When We Were Orphans offers a profound meditation on the shifting quality of memory, and the possibility of avenging one’s past."

Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, January 23, 2018
At first I had problems with the narrator's chatty style but once I got used to it, I found the story rather engaging. I like the way Ishiguro explores the issues of identity, memory, recollection, even self-delusion. The characters are intriguing and the Shanghai setting, in particular, atmospheric. A rewarding reading experience! I can't wait to read the other Ishiguro books I have in my TBR pile. The only one I've read before this one is the shorty story collection, Nocturnes, which I enjoyed immensely.

Journal Entry 3 by chrissini at Graz, Steiermark Austria on Saturday, February 24, 2018
Thanks for tagging me and sending this book, Annimanni. I'm very curious about it!

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