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This is an auction for WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS by Kazuo Ishiguro.

"Atmosphere, historical detail, suspense: Ishiguro's new book has it all and the author should be credited with providing another great read. He should also be credited with originality, for though he investigates the polarities of insider-outsider, English-foreign, as he has done before (e.g., The Remains of the Day, The Unconsoled), he is hardly writing the same book again and again. Here, Christopher Banks is an Englishman born in early 20th-century Shanghai whose parents disappear mysteriously when he is nine. He is escorted to England, grows up to be a famed detective, and returns to Shanghai, convinced that his parents are still alive and that he must find them. The reader is less convinced that Banks is a real detective and wonder how he can entertain the romantic notion that his parents have been held hostage in Shanghai for decades, but the truth behind their disappearance comes as a satisfying surprise. And the writing is just wonderful, at once rich and taut. More writers should take style lessons from Ishiguro."
- School Library Journal (US)

Amazon.com review:

"FIVE STARS! When an off-kilter investigator goes to Shanghai to uncover the mystery surrounding his parents' death, all bets are loose. Is the story you're reading the actual account, or is it all the figment of the leading character's imagination. You'll just have to read and find out. Man oh man this is an awesome read!"

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2000.

368 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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