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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I decided that it was time to rectify this, but which male author to choose. A small incident which seems like nothing to anyone but Etsuko finds her looking back at her life in Japan before she moved away and a brief friendship, of sorts, which she had with vview woman Sachiko. Through almost dual narratives a rather eerie set of stories starts to come to light. I found the women in the book fascinating, in particular Sachiko, who is a very strange and enigmatic woman who teases Etsuko with slight visions into her life but never giving anything away too much or contradicting anything that does.
My only slight criticism would be the men. Kazko picked pake up, carried me off and then left me wanting more and also really thinking about it long after I had put it down. I liked the aspect that there were mysteries that Ishiguro leaves rather inconclusive clues I think that is right to the reader through out and then leaves you to make akzuo own mind up about what they might mean.
He trusts his readers and seems want you to do some of the work yourself and that to me really appealed.
This book was kindly given to me by the publishers. Who else has read this book and what did you think? What did you make of the ending though if you want to discuss it please mention it could be a spoiler in the comments?
What other Ishiguro books have you read, and which one would you recommend I try next? Filed under Kazuo IshiguroReview. Tagged as Kazuo Ishiguro.
I have a very early edition with just about the worst cover ever sitting at home.
Ooooh never say never Jessica. He might be laugh aloud but there are very wry moments in his work here and there. I am a firm fan now and will be reading another soon. I loved Never Let Me Vidw. I thought Ishiguro has an uncanny ability as vkew male to get into the female mind, and can only imagine with this novel about sisters and mothers that the skill is repeated many times over.
A fantastic ishiguto completely different again to these two books. I am holding off reading Remains of the Day until last as everyone says its so good. I am like this with a dinner, I always want to save my favourite bits of a main curse till my last mouthfuls.
My favourite Ishiguro is Remains of the Day too. I had so many questions. It would be perfect for book group because you could probably discuss ishivuro for hours.
As close to perfect as you can get… now that really is a recommendatio Sakura, it also makes me think I should stick to my guns and save it till last. It does have an ambiguous nature this book, but like you said I think thats the idea and as frustrating as it is I like the fact he wants the reader to work it out themselves. I really didnt like An Artist of the Floating World however as I seem to have found my Ishiguro mojo at last maybe its time to read it again.
The story line sounds great so I think I might just have to give it ago. I was thrilled when I saw how much you loved Ishigurl Let Me Go, I have heard a lot of people just dont warm to it and that I find a real shame, its a book that uses its cold narrative in such a clever way. Anyway, before I start gushing about hlls book again, I would definitely say give this a go, though if you try another I can see hil,s its worth reading hahaha.
Have you read any others Eva? Any suggestions ishoguro where to go next? I tried reading The Unconsoled until the narrative started getting a little tough ishiguroo follow. A part of my problem was that I took it up as a holiday read while vacationing with friends, while Ishiguro is meant to be read in solitude, in my opinion.
I promptly picked up Northanger Abbey and enjoyed it more than I should have! I did not find When We Were Orphans impressive until the very end, but the final revelation was gut-wrenching. On the whole, I recommend that you skip this one. Its plot is simply not gripping enough. Unfortunately for me, it seems that I may have to finish my dinner with leftovers!
The analysis of memory in “A Pale View of Hills”
I read that book years ago and found it haunting. Later a girlfriend of mine read it and pointed out a single sentence in the book that suddenly made me realize I had misunderstood something.
I do recall that creepy child in the flashback. Caveat would only be: You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.
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