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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.

Review:

"With his characteristic finesse, Mr. Ishiguro infuses what seems like a classic adventure story with an ineffable tinge of strangeness." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Goes much further than even The Remains of the Day in its examination of the roles we've had handed to us...His fullest achievement yet." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"You seldom read a novel that so convinces you it is extending the possibilities of fiction." Sunday Times (London)

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375724404
Author:
Ishiguro, Kazuo
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Death
Subject:
British
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Parents
Subject:
Shanghai
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;china;novel;shanghai;mystery;historical fiction;detective;british;england;literature;memory;1930s;war;orphans;historical;20th century;japan;contemporary fiction;21st century;literary fiction;london;british fiction;wwii;2000s;crime;japanese;contemp
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International (Paperback)
Series Volume:
106-1006
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.02x5.24x.82 in. .62 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375724404 Reviews:
"Review" by , "With his characteristic finesse, Mr. Ishiguro infuses what seems like a classic adventure story with an ineffable tinge of strangeness."
"Review" by , "Goes much further than even The Remains of the Day in its examination of the roles we've had handed to us...His fullest achievement yet."
"Review" by , "You seldom read a novel that so convinces you it is extending the possibilities of fiction."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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