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When We Were Orphans. Kazuo Ishiguro
When We Were Orphans. Kazuo Ishiguro | Kazuo Ishiguro
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In 1930s England, Christopher Banks has become one of the country's most celebrated detectives. His cases are the talk of London society. Yet one mystery has always haunted him, the disappearance of his parents in Old Shanghai, when he was a boy.
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writerlibrarian
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Pickpick

Kazuo Ishiguro was as good as I expected it to be. Stylish prose, characters obsessed with getting things done their way. A dream like quality to the narration and an ending all in tones of grey. I loved it.
#anglophileapril #sofaraway

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Mdargusch Beautiful! 2mo
Reviewsbylola Great review! 2mo
Cinfhen Agreeing with my lovely co-hosts!!!! 🖕🏻 2mo
emilyhaldi Lovely review ❣️ 2mo
writerlibrarian @emilyhaldi 🙏 i tried to express the atmosphere of the book and not the story. 2mo
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silviape
Pickpick

I loved this book and cannot understand how people found it boring. To me, it was as enjoying a glass of wine on a calm evening. Enjoyable, unhurried, smart.

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GatheringBooks
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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#QuotsyOct18 Day 18: The day when #conflict ends because people have changed is a day I long for. 🧚🏼‍♀️

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Gdsjenny
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Pickpick

I read this book in roughly 8 hours. There were parts where I wasn‘t sure the narrator was reliable. I like books that make me think. I have only read this one book by Ishiguro, but I think he deserved his Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Janiceteoo
Mehso-so

:-)

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BiblioNyan
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
Bailedbailed

DNF @ 26%

This is a very boring book to me. I understand the prose style is crafted to fit the setting and time period, which I didn‘t mind too much, however. Everything else about it is relatively flat and uninteresting, from the characters to the interactions to the unbelievably mundane details of the most inconsequential of actions. I couldn‘t get into it at all.

Since it‘s an early DNF, no rating.

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BiblioNyan
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Starting this tonight! It‘ll be my first Ishiguro novel. I‘m hoping it will be a proper escapist experience as I desperately need the distraction. Had to deal w/ a sudden kitty illness that required surgery. Oh the stress has been strong around here.

It‘s about a dude whose parents disappear when he‘s a kid. He moves outta the country & returns after becoming a famous cop w/ hopes of solving the mystery surrounding the parents‘ disappearances.

kamoorephoto Nice bookrest 😹😹😹😹😽 10mo
BiblioNyan @kamoorephoto Lol thank you! 😹😹 10mo
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GatheringBooks
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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#QuotsyJuly18 Day 16: The #Mission of Orphans.

sudi 11mo
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k.reads
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
Mehso-so

🤯🤯🤯 wut is this book

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No_ohlivia
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
Panpan

Man, what a bummer. I absolutely adored the remains of the day & was so excited about this one. I struggled to get into the characters or their experiences, just seemed dull & one note to me. I finished it because I thought the premise was interesting & he does have a smart way of writing that gives little nibbles about the secret that keeps me reading. I feel like I‘m missing something, I‘m partway through buried giant & feeling similarly...

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Updrifting
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britt_brooke Love them! My favorite color. 💚 1y
Updrifting @britt_brooke It's time for a little spring around here, I say! 1y
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britt_brooke @Updrifting Yes! 🌷🌷🌷 1y
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eli620
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
Panpan

This book is so boring, completely forgettable!

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eli620
Cuando fuimos huérfanos | Kazuo Ishiguro

«Ahora quiero algo diferente, algo cálido y acogedor. Algo que esté ahí, siempre, como el cielo de mañana»

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4thhouseontheleft
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Bailedbailed

I gave it 3 tries over two days, and now I am giving up. This one is not for me, and I don‘t want to pass on a book to my #lmpbc group that I can‘t even finish!

Tamra I tried too. 😐 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Tamra I‘m so torn, because I like some of his other books, and he won the Nobel this year! But it was just not doing it for me. 2y
jpmcwisemorgan I chose a re-read for my group so I knew what I was getting into. I‘m sorry this one isn‘t working out for you. 2y
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[DELETED] 3803335244 That‘s frustrating 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes That sucks! Do you have time to pick a different one? 2y
suvata I haven‘t started my book either so I‘m sure you have time if you pick a different book. After all, this isn‘t supposed to be a chore. It‘s supposed to be FUN! 🎈 2y
4thhouseontheleft @suvata Yep, I picked a different book, one that I have read already! 2y
suvata @4thhouseontheleft Great 👍🏻 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Hoping it is not a bad sign that the two times i have picked up this book so far, i fall asleep before page 10. 🙀

#catsoflitsy #lmpbc

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Panpan

I thought I was going to like this one, but . . . no. I wanted to slap Christopher Banks pretty much the entire time.

Moray_Reads I definitely have a love-hate relationship with Ishiguro. This wasn't one I enjoyed 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Starting this new-to-me Ishiguro. Loved Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. His writing is beautiful.

Tamra I loved Remains! The movie is in my top ten. The acting is superlative! 2y
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sofiaga
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I keep getting distracted from reading books on my TBR pile by other books I have close by when I finish what I am reading. So trying to bring some structure to my life, I decided to place books that I have been meaning to read on the night stand next to my bed. We will see if it works.

Notafraidofwords I do it and it works!! 2y
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Hestapleton
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Mehso-so

Read this one for a paper I'm writing in a few weeks. While I don't normally count books I read for school, I had been planning to read more Ishiguro anyway. It's not my favorite work of his, but the ending made the whole thing worth it. 3/5

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bekakins
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this, but it's always quite unsettling to read a book by a completely unreliable narrator, and to not really have a clue of the true version of events. Some of the passages when Christopher returned to Shanghai were very reminiscent of 'The Unconsoled', with settings melting each other, and secondary characters seeming to know more about the narrators goals than he did. A good read, not as great as some of Ishiguro's better known works.

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alohabetty
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
Mehso-so

Meh. Readable, but nothing really hooked me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ On to something I hope will be the first book I actually like in 2017.

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alohabetty
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My protagonist is an uppity Brit, who apparently thinks a WAR should not get in the way of his objectives of finding his mommy and daddy. Like seriously, he's grabbed a soldier to escort him through a war zone, and is getting pissy that the soldier is like, "It's too dangerous here. We need to wait."
The writing has been okay so far, but I don't like one single character in this story, and I don't much care what happens to any of them. ?

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alohabetty
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sofiaga
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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This one has been on hold for a while. Believe it or not is my book with bad reviews challenge.

eli620 Hola Sofía! También soy de CR y acabo de encontrarte mientras daba un vistazo a los comentarios de este libro... hoy lo empiezo y luego de lo que he visto x acá, creo que no pinta muy bien :-( 2y
sofiaga @eli620 Hola, Eli. No. Yo lo había conseguido en una compraventa. Pero lo volví a dejar botado. Never Let Me Go sí es muy bueno 2y
eli620 Nunca me abandones es maravilloso! De mis favoritos, por eso mi esposo me compró este también. Ya te contaré cómo me va! 2y
sofiaga Por si te interesa, tenemos en Facebook un grupo de gente en Costa Rica para compartir información sobre libros y lectura. Se llama El Reto de Lectura 2y
eli620 De hecho te sigo por ahí también Sofía :-) 1y
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quirkyreader
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Saturday library run.

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Eyelit
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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#bookssetinasia in my #tbr pile. Looking forward to all of these. #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

rubyslippersreads I Am a Cat looks intriguing. 😺 3y
Sarahr875 Khaled hosseini is one of my favorite authors 😍 3y
writerlibrarian Loved, loved When We Were Orphans so much. Great choices. 3y
Yellowpigeon I Am A Cat is great but the ending... Unexpected 3y
Eyelit Now I'm intrigued even more @Yellowpiegon 3y
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Litlady
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Enjoying everyone's stacks today so thought I would share my latest #bargainbookhaul. Thanks to B&N, Half Price Books, Amazon and Goodwill for providing hours of satisfying book parusement!! 📚❤️🐕🐠🤓

shawnmooney Harriet Doerr!! Alice Munro!! ♥️💓💛👍👍 3y
Bookworm83 Ove ❤️❤️ 3y
Litlady @shawnmooney @Bookworm83 Alice Monro - Queen of the short story and A Man Called Ove are next in line. Must read Dame Shirley Jackson first, though. 😊 📚 💙 Thanks for your positive comments! ❤️ 3y
MellieAntoinette Hmmm what's Midwinterblood about?? It's certainly an excellent title! 3y
Litlady @thecomfykitchen I actually found this in a thrift store and the cover was gorgeous! Still on my TBR list but consists of 7 stories involving a painter, airman, ghost, vampire and a Viking! 😳 🤔 The two reviews on Litsy were mixed but I hope to dive into it soon and give it a chance. 😊 3y
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KateTheBookworm
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There's a typhoon today so all my students are home from school. Time for me to kick back with some Ishiguro backlist. 🌧☔️📚

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ScriboGero
When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
Mehso-so

Most of my book club enjoyed it but not my favorite. Overall an easy read with good description and interesting characters.