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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The child is wont to run off, and Etsuko goes out looking for her on several occassions, though Sachiko always says there is nothing to worry about. Etsuko decided to leave her husband and move out of Japan.

This book, A Pale View of the Hillsin my opinion, is not at par as his more famous works. The reference to the rope continually entangled about Etsuko’s foot makes sense to me in this light. To take a less literal view of all this, it makes most sense to me if the whole book is to be considered in light of Keiko’s suicide and Etsuko’s reservations about motherhood and the crime of bringing up a child in a post-war world.

Her husband is emotionally distant. I ishigiro imagine Ishiguro’s feeling then. About Contact Crew Write. I started to provide a plot summary, but stopped because I’m really directing this at people who have read the novel. I knew all along she wouldn’t be happy over here.

The analysis of memory in “A Pale View of Hills”

I came to the conclusion that the voice of the first person narrative has always been Etsuko and that when Ishiguro changes to the first person narrative, it is a signal that Etsuko is speaking. Sachiko keeps making plans to leave that never work out. When you’re reading it, you have absolutely no sense that Etsuko has this evil inside, until the end.

It is very good! It has something to do with her coming over to the West and the effect it has on her daughter, who subsequently commits suicide. Re Keiko on the cable cars, gee whiz, they lived pretty close to em, doncha think they coulda gone more than once? Elisa December 15, at 1: Mariko also seems to read Etsuko similarly – she is afraid of Etsuko with the rope and runs away.


April 13, at 9: Although there is no clear plot distinction between the two sections, since I had read Ishiguro before, I saw this as the secret for unraveling the novels ambiguity. The themes are simple enough: But then as she recalls her strange friendship with Sachiko – a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy – the memories on a disturbing cast.

She jazuo being pregnant with her daughter, living with a cold, domineering husband, and her strange friendship with a mysterious woman and her young daughter. Moreover his lack of respect and patience with his own father could have turned her heart off parenthood. Si potrebbero fare diverse ipotesi e ciascuna spiegherebbe qualcosa, anche se non tutto. Great conversation on this blog – thank you!

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Clearly, Ishiguro has gone on to make a career and a well-deserved Nobel prize out of writing in this way and has got better and better as time goes by. 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. She did not mention Keiko until the second day.

She lives in a bucolic setting in Ishigufo but flashes back throughout the novel to I’ve been thinking for 24 hours now about what to say about this book.

The French Exit: What the hell is up with A Pale View of Hills

So much of the book is about moving forward, about letting go of the past, an essential theme because they live in Nagasaki, not long after the end of World War II. The comments earlier on from his interview seem to suggest that the memories recalled in the book are more about the frame of mind of Etsuko now than an accurate representation of the past.

Now to ponder, and to reread, and to enjoy the likelihood of an ongoing “pale view” of these hills of Nagasaki seen from afar in the English countryside long afterward.

For me, Kazuo Ishiguro, unfortunately, is not among them. I do not judge with this statement, as the all inspiring “business woman” goal touched upon the mothers in this book has its own garrote to pay in the land of the free murderers and the home of the brave sadists.


I have a friend here on Goodreads who reads the books of the authors he fancies chronologically. There is that whole generation gap thing – but I guess nothing widens that gap like war, from a generation of old ways father-in-law to a generation lost to war Etsuko and Sachiko to the generation that was born in or around war times Keiko tohe generation that is alien to their parents’ sufferings Nikki. Etsuko now can’t see beyond how things ended. The character describes her own memories as unreliable.

The novel is an excellent illustration of how over a period, tiny niggles which are a part of ‘daily life’ sometimes drive a ‘normal’ person over the edge. Brilliant stuff, highly recommended. In his highly acclaimed debut, A Pale View of Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. It was a grey windy morning, and we had moved the armchairs nearer the windows to watch the rain falling on my garden.

Niki is described as only part Japanese, whereas Keiko is ‘pure Japanese’ p. The more I think about the ages of the children, though, the more I think it’s possible that Etsuko left her first husband and remained in Japan for some time before going to England. Die beiden Frauen verbringen einige Zeit miteinander und freunden sich trotz ihrer Unterschiedlichkeit an. But which parts happened, and which parts were imagined?

This theory comes from a few things: When I finished the book, I started again right at the beginning, to see if the circle was complete.

Why should I care about any of this? This part could be an inaccurate memory Etsuko has from her guilt.

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