Entry for January 18, 2007

Cover from Randomhouse Canada trade paper edition of Kazuo Ishiguro’s When We Were Orphans is like that of the hardcover. The U.S. edition’s cover is much duller.

Last night at book group, Jill loaned me her copy of Kazuo Ishiguro’s When We Were Orphans ,which we will discuss February 14 and I started reading immediately. Ishiguro is perhaps best known for Remains of the Day, which won the Booker and was made into the film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. His latest book, published in 2005 is Never Let Me Go, reviewed here in the Guardian and here by Margaret Atwood in Slate, with an NPR feature here.

Having read slightly less than a hundred pages, I find When We Were Orphans a compelling, well-told tale.

Here is Ishiguro’s page at the British Council the site for the book at Randomhouse, as well as his other books there.

Here are some reviews, which I will read later, after I form my own opinion of the book:

Here are interviews:

Brian Finney, Associate Professor of English at the University of California Long Beach, has an extensive essay at his website, “Figuring the Real: Ishiguro’s When We Were Orophans.”

The Quarterly Review of Singapore has an interseting look at Confucianism in The Unconsoled.

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Here’s the link for my LLRX article on the troop surge. The Pentagon has set up new rules for the questioning of detainees, which according to the AP’s Anne Flaherty:

could allow terror suspects to be convicted and perhaps executed using hearsay testimony and coerced statements, setting up a new clash between President Bush and Congress.

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RIP Art Buchwald.

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