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When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
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May 09, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2008
Read in May, 2008

After reading several dismally similar books set in LA, what a delight to read something in the realm of Literature.
Instantly reminded of that lead-weight tome, "Dance to the Music of Time," and how this book starts with same plot but written one thousand times more effectively.

Might have given it a fifth star if, in the last act, the hero didn't become such a self-important, unintrospective jackass. Felt this was due to author's sudden need to insert crazy war scenes. Did his editors suddenly want a thriller? This guy wrote "Remains of the Day." Let him do what he does best: haunting, tense, subtle interactions between people who don't want or can't quite allow themselves to understand what's really going on. Forget the action sequences.

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