in the 1930’s and the reader is drawn into London Society and
introduced to Christopher Banks, the country’s most celebrated
detective. He has solved some of the most enigmatic cases of the
time, yet one unresolved crime has always haunted him – the
mysterious disappearance of his parents, in Old Shanghai when he was
This is the
work of Kazuo Ishiguro, perhaps best known for his international
best-seller Remains of the Day which was adapted into an award
winning film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. In 1995 he
received an OBE for services to literature and the French decoration
of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters in 1998.
tenderly and skill fully illustrates the effect of war on the lives
of ordinary people whilst incorporating many sub plots and, running
through it all, the mystery of what really happened to Christopher
Banks’ parents. It will take you on a journey that I guarantee you
won’t forget – one that depicts incredible hardship and cruelty
through to unwavering love and devotion.
are introduced slowly and carefully, each deftly portrayed with the
sweep of a few incisive words then built up to create bones of
characteristics with the readers imagination encouraged to flesh out
the whole. Christopher Banks, for example, appears at first rather
staid and one dimensional, but reveals himself a complex, deep and
rather dark character as the story draws you further on. His
‘Uncle Phillip’ begins as a jolly, bumptious businessman only to
slowly appear sinister, calculating and dangerous.
and original book – one that will haunt the mind and move to
tears. Highly recommended.
reviewer:- Michelle Harvey, ANAWA.