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When We Were Orphans
by Kazuo Ishiguro


Overview - Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances.

Within the layers of the narrative told in Christopher's precise, slightly detached voice are revealed what he can't, or won't see: that the simplest desires -- a child's for his parents, a man's for understanding -- may give rise to the most complicated truths.

A feat of narrative skill and soaring imagination, When We Were Orphans is Kazuo Ishiguro at his brilliant best.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375724404
  • ISBN-10: 0375724400
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: October 2001
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.24 x 0.82 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.62 pounds

Series: Vintage International

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When We Were Orphans

By Kazuo Ishiguro

This national bestseller from the author of The Remains of the Day tells the story of Christopher Banks, who is orphaned in 1920s Shanghai at the age of nine when his parents disappear. Sent to London, Christopher attends school, becomes a fan of Sherlock Holmes and establishes himself as a private detective. Years later, he returns to China, determined to find his parents, who were mixed up in the opium trade at the time of their disappearance. Reality and fantasy blend as Christopher, a narrator whose account is colored by obsession, tries to solve the mystery of his childhood in Shanghai, a city rife with crime. Capturing the elegant era between world wars, the book employs the techniques of the traditional crime novel, but transcends that genre through Ishiguro's penetrating psychological exploration of the tormented Christopher. A reading group guide is available at www.vintagebooks.com/read.

 
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