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When We Were Orphans: A Novel

When We Were Orphans: A Novel
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
ISBN 13: 9780375724404
ISBN 10: 375724400
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2001-10-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 335
List Price: $15.95

When Christopher Banks becomes a private detective, he fulfills a lifelong ambition. However, none of his new professional chores have the force of one very personal assignment: Banks decides to return to his Shanghai birthplace to trace his parents, who disappeared when he was just a boy. In the hands of a less adept novelist, this plot would slip quickly into well-worn tracks. In the hands of Kazuo Ishiguro, the author of Booker Prize-winning Remains of the Day, the narrative becomes a subtle instrument, registering cultural nuances and character changes.


Ishiguro shows immense tenderness for his characters. [The novel] confirms Ishiguro as one of Britain's mist formally daring and challenging novelists.