When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

When We Were Orphans

Kazuo Ishiguro with Michael Maloney (Narrator)

fiction historical literary emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced

320 pages | first published 2000

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England, 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was a ...
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Moods

mysterious 68%
reflective 65%
emotional 49%
sad 37%
dark 28%
adventurous 25%
challenging 22%
tense 16%
informative 8%
hopeful 2%
relaxing 2%
funny 1%
inspiring 1%
lighthearted 1%

Pace

slow 58%
medium 38%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 53% | Character: 38% | Plot: 8%

Strong character development?

Yes: 53% | No: 26% | It's complicated: 21%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 45% | No: 34% | Yes: 21%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 51% | No: 30% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 49% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 23% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

3.4