Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al (livredor) wrote,
Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al

  • Location:
  • Mood:
  • Music:

Book: When we were orphans

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Details: (c) Kazuo Ishiguro 2000; Pub 2001 Faber & Faber; ISBN 0 571 20516 X

Verdict: When we were orphans is ok but I really don't see what all the fuss is about.

Reasons for reading it: Ishiguro is much talked about in literary circles and I'd been meaning to read it for a while.

How it came into my hands: Another one I've had lying around and have forgotten exactly where I picked it up.

I just couldn't see why When we were orphans is supposed to be so utterly fantastic. There aren't any glaring technical flaws, but it reads as a rather bland though not by any means awful detective story. The pacing is very slow, and the narrator is rather unsympathetic though not in a way that completely alienates the reader. I think it might be meant to be a sort of allegory and commentary on colonialism and its aftermath, which is sort of interesting, but it didn't grab me as a story.

Without being pretentious, it's an obviously clever book, messing with the reader's expectations and commenting on itself and making lots of allusions. But that's not the sort of thing I enjoy when there isn't anything else to a book. Does anybody else have a theory, or better, a personal opinion, as to what's supposed to be so exciting about this?
Tags: book

  • Change your LJ password!

    I have seen pretty good evidence that a bad actor has all the logins and password details from LiveJournal, including old, deactivated passwords and…

  • Leaving LJ

    As most of you know, about a month ago LJ suddenly changed its terms of service, in a really nasty way, with no warning and forcing people to accept…

  • LiveJournal

    Please be aware that this blog is hosted by LiveJournal. The hosting company may display adverts within my journal. I have no choice in this matter;…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.