When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

This novel relays the troubled story of Christopher Banks and his consuming quest to find out what happened to his parents who were kidnapped in Shanghai when he was a child. I find the tone of all of Ishiguro’s novels to be pitch-perfect. The narrator always draws me in. However, the plot of this story has some yawning gaps. One which really perplexed me is that Christopher believes he’ll clear up WWII by solving the mystery. Huh? I thought I must have sped-read over a passage, but Googling confirmed I wasn’t the only confused reader. I also learned this novel is considered Ishiguro’s weakest. Nonetheless, I liked how he plays with the credibility of Christopher’s narration. It almost—almost—makes the plot gaps seem purposeful.

Gwenamon says: Alright

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About gwenamon

bookworm, confidante, creative director, cyclist, global wanderer, music lover, shutterbug, shoe shopper, snowboarder, writer, yoga geek. i'm also a very proud mama of a lil mister named james.
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