Hailsham aparenta ser un agradable internado inglés, lejos de las influencias de la gran ciudad. La escuela se ocupa bien de sus estudiantes, enseyes'>ntilde;yes'>aacute;ndoles arte y literatura y todo lo necesario para que se conviertan en el tipo de persona que la sociedad espera. Pero, curiosamente, en Hailsham no se enseyes'>ntilde;a nada sobre el mundo exterior, un mundo con el que casi todo contacto estyes'>aacute; prohibido. Dentro de Hailsham, Kathy y sus amigos Ruth y Tommy crecen indiferentes ante el resto del mundo, pero seryes'>aacute; solamente cuando finalmente dejen la seguridad de la escuela que se daryes'>aacute;n cuenta de lo que Hailsham en realidad esconde. yes'>#160;
Nunca me abandones rompe con los limites de la novela literaria. Es un misterio conmovedor, una hermosa historia de amor, una cryes'>iacute;tica mordaz de la arrogancia humana y también una investigaciyes'>oacute;n moral de cyes'>oacute;mo tratamos a la gente myes'>aacute;s vulnerable en nuestra sociedad. En su exploraciyes'>oacute;n del tema de la memoria y el impacto del pasado en un posible futuro, Ishiguro ha creado su libro myes'>aacute;s conmovedor hasta la fecha.
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The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving yes'>ldquo;a great gentleman.yes'>rdquo; But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington’s yes'>ldquo;greatnessyes'>rdquo; and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.yes'>#160;A tragic, spiritual portrait of a perfect English butler and his reaction to his fading insular world in postwar England. A wonderful, wonderful book.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In his highly acclaimed debut, A Pale View of Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter.Retreating into the past, she finds herself reliving one particular hot summer in Nagasaki, when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the war. But then as she recalls her strange friendship with Sachiko - a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy - the memories take on a disturbing cast.
'Almost certainly a masterpiece.' Anita BrooknerRyder, a renowned pianist, arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give. But then as he traverses a landscape by turns eerie and comical - and always strangely malleable, as a dream might be - he comes steadily to realise he is facing the most crucial performance of his life.Ishiguro's extraordinary study of a man whose life has accelerated beyond his control was met on publication by consternation, vilification - and the highest praise.'The Unconsoled is a masterpiece ... it is above all a book devoted to the human heart, and as such Ishiguro's greatest gift to us yet.' The Times'He is an original and remarkable genius .. The Unconsoled is the most original and remarkable book he has so far produced.' New York Times Book Review
British writer Kazuo Ishiguro won the 1989 Booker Prize for The Remains of the Day, which sold over a million copies in English alone and was the basis of a film starring Anthony Hopkins. Now When We Were Orphans, his extraordinary fifth novel, has been called "his fullest achievement yet" (The New York Times Book Review) and placed him again on the Booker shortlist. A complex, intelligent, subtle and restrained psychological novel built along the lines of a detective story, it confirms Ishiguro as one of the most important writers in English today. London's Sunday Times said: "You seldom read a novel that so convinces you it is extending the possibilities of fiction." The novel takes us to Shanghai in the late 1930s, with English detective Christopher Banks bent on solving the mystery that has plagued him all his life: the disappearance of his parents when he was eight. By his own account, he is now a celebrated gentleman sleuth, the toast of London society. But as we learn, he is also a solitary figure, his career built on an obsession. Believing his parents may still be held captive, he longs to put right as an adult what he was powerless to change as a child, when he played at being Sherlock Holmes -- before both his parents vanished and he was sent to England to be raised by an aunt.
Banks' father was involved in the importation of opium, and solving the mystery means finding that his boyhood was not the innocent, enchanted world he has cherished in memory. The Shanghai he revisits is in the throes of the Sino--Japanese war, an apocalyptic nightmare; he sees the horror of the slums surrounding the international community in "a dreamscape worthy of Borges" (The Independent). "We think that if we can only put something right that went a bit awry, then our lives would be healed and the world would be healed," says Ishiguro of the illusion under which his hero suffers.
It becomes increasingly clear that Banks is not to be trusted as a narrator. The stiff, elegant voice grows more hysterical, his vision more feverish, as he comes closer to the truth. Like Ryder of The Unconsoled, Ishiguro's previous novel, Banks is trapped in his boyhood fantasy, and he follows his obsession at the cost of personal happiness. Other characters appear as projections of his fears and desires. All Ishiguro's novels concern themselves with the past, the consequences of denying it and the unreliability of memory.
It is from Ishiguro's own family history that the novel takes its setting. Though his family is Japanese, Ishiguro's father was born in Shanghai's international community in 1920; his grandfather was sent there to set up a Chinese branch of Toyota, then a textile company. "My father has old pictures of the first Mr. Toyota driving his Rolls-Royce down the Bund." When the Japanese invaded in 1937, the fighting left the international commune a ghetto, and his family moved back to Nagasaki.
When We Were Orphans raises the bar for the literary mystery. Though more complex than much of Ishiguro's earlier work, which has led to mixed reactions, it was published internationally (his work has been published in 28 languages) and was a New York Times bestseller.
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