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Title:When We Were Orphans
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Category:Fiction, Historical fiction, Mystery, China, Literary fiction

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

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

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In his highly acclaimed debut A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko a Japanese woman now living alone in England dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter Retreating into the past she finds herself reliving one particular hot summer in Nagasaki when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the war But then as she recalls her strange friendship with Sachiko a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy the memories take on a disturbing cast, A tale of deceptive simplicity that slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro s finest work br br From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans a moving new novel that subtly re imagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love br br As a child Kathy now thirty one years old lived at Hailsham a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world brought up to believe that they were special and that their well being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life she stops resisting the pull of memory br br And so as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together unperturbed even comforted by their isolation But she describes other scenes as well of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham s nurturing facade With the dawning clarity of hindsight the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood and about their lives now br br A tale of deceptive simplicity Never Let Me Go slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro s finest work, You ve long set your heart against it Axl I know But it s time now to think on it anew There s a journey we must go on and no more delay br br i The Buried Giant i begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years br br Sometimes savage often intensely moving Kazuo Ishiguro s first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories love revenge and war, 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 br br 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 br br 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 br br 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 br br A masterful combination of narrative control and soaring imagination When We Were Orphans is Kazuo Ishiguro at his best