Comments (13)

What did you think about this title?
1 to 13 of 13 items
Jun 06, 2020Huntsville1 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Odd book: takes place in Shanghai China & London England between 1931 & 1958 Sometimes disjointed. Narrator seems to be "disturbed", but subtely so that the reader can't be quite certain about that. There's an unreal scene where the…
Jun 12, 2018BostonPL_Communications rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This seemingly straight-forward detective novel turns out to be an introspective look at imagination, memory, and how the mental and emotional landscape of childhood seeps into the present.
Feb 09, 2018laphampeak rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A very British narration with the main character Christopher Banks whose instrospection and reflection describe the intent of Ishiguro's story. Thus said, "I suppose it was, at least in part, my attempt as an adult to grasp the nature of…
Jun 12, 2017sailjenk rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
Remains of the Day was good, the film better. His other books I found hugely disappointing.
Aug 04, 20161aa rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A awkward book about an awkward man and some key elements of his life. About two thirds of the book is slow, sensitive, and highly introspective, and the last third is odd: suspenseful and the naivety of Banks is crystal clear. The…
Nov 26, 2015
Selected for the Logan Central Monday Book Club in 2016. For a full list of 2016 selections, see the Logan Central Monday Book Club list.
Apr 26, 2015
Thru Chap 8
Jan 30, 2015theorbys rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
Revisiting many of the themes of Unconsoled, and despite his obvious writing skills, this novel falls flat. I thought Unconsoled was a good 200 pages too long, and that this novel, 200 pages shorter than the Unconsoled, might be just…
Apr 14, 2014vcc rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Another masterpiece from Ishiguro. This time his main character is Christopher Banks, a Shanghai-born man of British desendant, who fashions himself as a Sherlock Holmes to rescue his long-disappeared parents and save the world from war.…
Sep 01, 2013Don27 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A gripping, perceptive wonderful story. Ishiguro takes us seamlessly from Shanghai to England and back again. I felt for the narrator. Ishiguro has an interesting writing style. He keeps us away a little, but that works here. A rewarding…
Jul 16, 2012lgrst4 rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
This was a bookclub read that just didn't hook me. The narrator was unreliable and that was frustrating!
Jul 07, 2012Maupertuis rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
The book has its classic tone and rhythm Ishiguro has excelled in "The Remains of the Day". It has even been shortlisted for a book prize. It includes, however, the historical episode of the English selling opium to the Chinese, and this…
Feb 12, 2012LazyNeko rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
A Sherlock Holmes wannabe goes to Shanghai to work on a personal cold case while the Japanese are invading China. And yes, this detective has the worst sense of timing ever. Ishiguro's style totally doesn't work here. Instead, it bungles a…