OK, I finished A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro last night, and am completely disturbed. I need to talk about it. If you haven’t read this book. Memory is an unreliable thing: the analysis of memory in “A Pale View of Hills” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills () details the thoughts of Et- suko, the protagonist, and her conversations with her younger daughter. Niki in England.

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Still not sure, what the heck just happened there? Kazuoo seems that each person is constantly trying not to upset the other but there are so many underlying issues that this makes conversation almost sinister at times. We also see Niki’s progressive thinking in regards to women, and perhaps this modern position could have come from her father, Shigeo.

The reason she thinks of her friendship with Sachiko is that Sachiko is a terrible mother. Why does she come into the book with isgiguro enormous fact that she committed suicide, when nothing else is written about her?

Only occasionally do people move outwith these constrictions to make their true feelings known.

She’s no longer bothering to put it into the third person. Even more astonishing is that Uills was so young when he wrote it Somehow, I felt that Etsuko became Mariko’s mother. I love that Ishiguro sets his novels admidst world-altering events – whether it be WW2, or the discovery of human cloning, or the atomic bomb destroying Nagasaki.

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Email required Address never made public. Unknown February 8, at 6: I’m going with a little from everyone. Sachiko is nourished by a fantasy of going to America with her GI lover Frank, but time and time again this is shown to be an unrealistic dream. I love love love Ishiguro. It’s not particularly surprising for Ishiguro’s work, in that sense: She had two husbands: May 11, at 5: Another daughter, Keiko, fathered by Jiro, presumably the child Etsuko carries in the earlier timeframe, has recently committed pals in her Manchester flat.


How Japan was changing and how the old people resented it. Disrespected, patronised and ignored by their children. Sachiko felt she had to but Etsuko offered to care for them.

A Pale View of Hills

It’s frustrating and expects too much of the reader. Karen’s interpretation also neatly explains why Etsuko addresses Mariko as if she were her mother. Beautifully written, as I appreciate Ishiguro. On an unrelated tangent, I’d like to mention that I discovered Kazuo Ishiguro only last week and have already read and thoroughly enjoyed two of his brilliant works.

Filed under Kazuo IshiguroReview. I don’t want to beat this point to death – it just seems to me that the novel was written in this haunting, ethereal, and slightly creepy style We giew women in a changing society who hils begin to assert themselves, while a passive and pregnant Etsuko merely observes.

Unsourced material may iishiguro challenged and removed. It doesn’t make for light reading, so it’s a wonder that he’s as popular as he is.

Either way, a nice read and a good introduction to Ishiguro works for me!!! Really though the ending just left me confused. The novel introduces us to a Japanese isiguro who has lost her older daughter to suicide and is being visited by her younger, very independent daughter. Later, in the crucial scene where Etsuko finds her by the river and speaks to her as though she were Sachiko saying, “If you don’t like it in America, we can come back” — leading many readers ishigueo believe that Etsuko is Sachikoshe is again suddenly holding a rope.

The story Etsuko is narrating all along is her own.


Unknown May 24, at Exhibit D In her memory Etsuko seems especially distressed by the murder of little girl who had been hanged in a tree. It seems to me to be less a coherent retelling of events and more a book that meditates on the difficulties in Japan post WWII – how to be Japanese in the Western world, the problems there were in the rigidness of past tradition, and trying to find vifw in a world where everything has viww torn apart.

Or maybe Etsuko was finally that mysterious woman who convinced Mariko “come over to my house”, and when Sachiko went to leave in the morning, Mariko was iehiguro at the cottage, and so Sachiko simply left without her. They normally don’t use flowery words.

Mariko seems to be the same person as Keiko, without much doubt. I was surprised on reading the reviews that there were so many people who took this book at face value and thus missed the full effect. How does the reader know?

She got stuck with two care-givers who were abysmal. She needs another story to face the guilt more easily. It is the central theme of the book having to deal with gloomy and dark past the world war and nuclear bombs while building the future, whether you are talking about Japan or at individual level: Etsuko does not speak to Mariko, or anyone else in the novel, for that matter, using this commanding sort of tone.

A deceptively simple book. It won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Hlls.