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When We Were Orphans


England, 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.500

Brilliantly Written but Poor Plot

by Bettykwu on Nov 25, 2009

I personally liked the book because of the details used to portray the characters. However, the beginning of the book was a drag. Only the ending of the book was decent.


A most unusual mystery

by Rubycanary on Feb 28, 2009

Another highly unusual narrative taking place before the break out of WWII in China as the Nanking area invaded by the Japanese. Christopher is a detective whose parents were kidnapped in China when he was a child. He returns as an adult to solve their abduction, and the answer is most unexpected. Ishiguro is known for giving just enough information to intrigue, but never really answers all the questions.

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