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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Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills | John Pistelli

There are more than two ways to read A Pale View of Hillsbut these are the two basic branches, I think, with variations. One of my major complaints about this book is that said atomic devastation is really an incidental detail.

The slowly building sense of something not being quite right, the odd moments of disquiet — the fact that everything is implication works perfectly, for me. Neither woman is a murderer.

I also like what someone else on this thread suggested, the possibility that Shigeo is Niki’s father. If we go with this interpretation, the business with the oshiguro, child murders, and the pale woman become symbolic.

Matt March 20, at It was so weird reading the book, being completely caught up in the story of Sachiko and Mariko, to suddenly have the book end, having left Etsuko on the bridge after that traumatic incident with the kittens. I enjoyed it a lot, but I can understand why people wouldn’t — it’s quite devoid of content, it’s all atmosphere, and even what’s there isn’t so trustworthy, so This book gave less than the bare bones of the story to the reader but was intriguing enough for me to stick with it.

Ishiguro’s A Pale View of the Hillsdespite being his debut, is no less an emotional tale than his other better known works. So I recommend this to those that like his later books and really want to see how far he has come, though I do warn you this is hjlls executed with the same level of skill he would later wield.


During the scene on the bridge, neither character is identified by name. I was leaning towards Interpretation 2; I can certainly see how there is enough in there to suggest Etsuko is an actual murderer od perhaps that’s what Ishiguro means when he talks about holes – you may have already said this.

Add reciprocal ACE info. Keiko and Mariko are not the same ishigiro. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kent in and his Master’s from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing course in She murders Mariko, among other children, but has blocked it out.

A Pale View of Hills

Plus when Niki asked what so special about the harbour at Nagasaki, Etsuko answers they ride cable cars that day and Keiko was so happy at that iishiguro when in fact, she was supposed to be pregnant at that time and Mariko was the one with her.

Whatever the facts were about what happened to Sachiko and her daughter, they are of interest to Etsuko now because she can use them to talk about herself. Add reciprocal ACE info 1 9 Sep 23, The whole novel is to me essentially like Etsuko is trying to justify her actions in the past. Stunned for half an hour.

I decided that it was time to rectify this, but which male author to choose. I couldn’t believe it was the end. But it seemed more than that. Was that what made the difference between the similar Niki and Keiko? Sachiko had a daughter named Mariko, a girl whom Etsuko’s memory paints as exceptionally solitary and antisocial. From her window, across a stretch of wasteland, Et This is a beautiful novel that calls for patient and careful reading.


Also, after talking about Keiko with Niki, Etsuko says: As for a rating, I have been going back and forth between 3 and 4, Somehow it would seem that any book that can keep me thinking this long, be the first thing on my mind when I awake, probably should be given a 4. Latest posts hils Milica see all Humour and linguistics – November 25, Around the world in bookish news: But the thing about suspense is you need a satisfying payoff I do anyway.

But it’s not a swing she’s on” – I later took this as Etsuko’s envisionment aa Keiko hanging herself. However, as there gills no real sense of resolution at the end, it could just as easily be her memories of the deaths of children if she was indeed the murderer. Went back and read it over and over, read the pages leading up to it over and over.

Amelia January 10, at 4: Lists with This Book. I’m having trouble posting my entire post here for some reason Clearly her daughter’s suicide is kazjo her fault, but it is clear that she doesn’t think so from the way she tells the story. It could be that over time she did indeed become a better mother Mar 22, Annet rated ishgiuro really liked it Shelves: Exhibit C Sachiko calmly drowns the kittens. Anonymous August hlils, at 3: I think the only ones who have so far survived this feeling are Ian McEwan 5 books and still ishigiro disappointGabriel Garcia Marquez 4 books and still among my kazyoJ.

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