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|Title||:||When We Were Orphans|
|Number of Pages||:||320|
|Category||:||Fiction, Historical fiction, Mystery, China, Literary fiction|
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC When We Were Orphans An English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England he grows up to become a renowned detective and years later returns to Shanghai where the Sino Japanese War is raging .
The maze of human memory the ways in which we accommodate and alter it deceive and deliver ourselves with it is territory that Kazuo Ishiguro has made his own In his previous novels he has explored this inner world and its manifestations in the lives of his characters with rare inventiveness and subtlety shrewd humor and insight In When We Were Orphans his first novel in five years he returns to this terrain in a brilliantly realized story that illuminates the power of one s past to determine the present .
Christopher Banks an English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England he grows up to become a renowned detective and more than twenty years later returns to Shanghai where the Sino Japanese War is raging to solve the mystery of the disappearances .
The story is straightforward Its telling is remarkable Christopher s voice is controlled detailed and detached its precision unsurprising in someone who has devoted his life to the examination of details and the rigors of objective thought But within the layers of his narrative is slowly revealed what he can t or won t see that his memory despite what he wants to believe is not unaffected by his childhood tragedies that his powers of perception the heralded clarity of his vision can be blinding as well as enlightening and that the simplest desires a child s for his parents a man s for understanding may give rise to the most complicated truths .
A masterful combination of narrative control and soaring imagination When We Were Orphans is Kazuo Ishiguro at his best