When we were orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

IMG_6112Set in Shanghai, China. Reviewed on 2017/10: https://www.instagram.com/p/BainuV6niOu/

I think #ishiguro and I might have some #irreconcilabledifferencesThere is no doubt he’s a skillful storyteller. The characters are vivid throughout the story. And all in all it’s an engaging and entertaining plot… However he just doesn’t go ‘there’. What does it feel to be alienated from the place you were born? How does it feel to want everyone’s attention and approval all the time? How does it feel when your childhood friend becomes your sworn enemy? And with the background of the #japaneseoccupation of #china during #wwii I just do not understand why he doesn’t. To me a masterpiece has to take you ‘there’. I don’t think #kazuoishiguroomits it deliberatively. It’s just not his style at all. So I will look for my favorite stories somewhere else. #whenwewereorphans#britishliterature #vintage #shanghai#london #japanese #nobelprizeinliterature#detective #orphans #war#childhoodfriends #上海市#shanghaiinternationalsettlement#frenchconcession

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