@warner Thanks, Laurence. I’m probably not going to write anything about it till after I’ve reread both it and When We Were Orphans (whenever that might be). I was struck by the (apparent) parallel between Edwin and the earlier book’s Christopher Banks — both belatedly trying to rescue a mother who had been “taken”, but actually accomplishing something very different. Also, I thought there might be an echo of Christopher’s journey through Shanghai in the escape of Edwin, Beatrice and Axl from the monks’ castle though the caves. It seemed to me that Ishiguro was (among other things) having another go at some of the themes or motifs from the less successful novel.