3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: When We Were Orphans (Paperback)
If all you know of Ishiguro is The Remains of the Day, be prepared to be startled. This is a strange, almost surrealistic novel, dealing in mysteries and confusion. The style, though modern, is forced into the narrative patterns of a traditional mystery novel, with a famous detective searching for clues amongst the rubble of a disintegrating country. It deals with the search of Christopher Banks for traces of his parents who disappeared in Shanghai.
It is a tricky book. The tone is unsettling, the plotting complex, and never wholly resolved. Whether this is a metaphor for Christopher's internal struggle is also never really clear. This is a book of beginnings and middles, but there are not a lot of satisfactory endings.
As ever with Ishiguro, it is well written and has that langurous quality which pervades his writing. I found it a frustrating read, and although not expecting a neat 'chocolate box' ending, would have at least like to have found some kind of resolution out of the wreckage. As it was I just found it vaguely unsatisfactory.