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When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Nov 28, 2011

really liked it

This is typical Ishiguro - a stunningly precise meditation on a particular theme told by a deluded first person narrator. But it is a very good book that he writes so I don't mind the stylistic repetition so much. This one is about a detective who goes back to Shanghai in search of his parents. And it is about abandonment and choosing how to spend your life. Watching the inevitable disaster isn't quite as heartbreaking as in Never Let Me Go and the Britishness isn't quite as crushingly repressed as in The Remains of the Day. Those are better, but this is still good.

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