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doc ☆ A Pale View of Hills ´ Kazuo Ishiguro Popular E Book A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro There are This is a beautiful novel that calls for patient and careful reading I admire the way it's constructed The cares and concerns of three pairs of mothers and daughters are refracted off one another The first two pairs live near a resurgent Nagasaki sometime toward the end of the American Occupation of Japan in April 1952 The pregnant Etsuko who narrates lives with her husband Jiro in a new concrete residential building along the river From her window across a stretch of wasteland Etsuko can see much closer to the river an old cottage built in the traditional Japanese style It is there that Sachiko and her daughter Mariko live The third mother daughter pair are in England of about 1980 or so This pair is comprised of an older Etsuko and Niki a daughter Etsuko has had by a second English born husband Another daughter Keiko fathered by Jiro presumably the child Etsuko carries in the earlier timeframe has recently committed suicide in her Manchester flat Moreover Etsuko's second husband has also died We never learn what became of Jiro So one can see why Etsuko would be unreliable reasons too traumatic to face She has lived through the American bombing of Nagasaki but her wounds are entirely psychological She has lost much but specifically what she has lost is never described only intimated Ishiguro's elliptical style seems fully mature here in his first novel It's unuestionably the same one he uses in later works The penultimate page contains what we might call the narrative atomic bomb On reading it this second time my memory of the subtle story had grown hazy over the intervening years I all but jumped from my chair Brilliant stuff highly recommended

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mobi ´ doc A Pale View of Hills 9780679722670 » Kazuo Ishiguro » Popular E-Book, A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro There are many interesting things in this book format Paperback and others 183 pages and has a text language like English isbn 9780679722670 Many interesting things in this book format Paperback and others This book was so creepy and confusing that I opted to read it again Not just because it is short but because it is well written and it weaves a very intriguing mystery Our narrator Etsuko’s oldest daughter recently hung herself in her apartment Nikki Etsuko’s daughter with her second husband visits Etsuko at her home and Etsuko recounts to her a brief friendship she had with a single mom named Sachiko back when she still lived in Nagasaki I believe that Etsuko is an unreliable narrator and she and Sachiko are the same person I also believe that Keiko Etsuko’s deceased daughter is remembered as Mariko the young daughter of Sachiko I love an unreliable narrator The second time I read the book I did find some clues In telling her story Etsuko remarks that her memory is “hazy” regarding her time in Japan She also says toward the end of the book that “Memory can be unreliableheavily coloured by circumstancesno doubt this applieshere” At the beginning of the flashback Etsuko makes an abrupt shift from how she felt living in Nagasaki during the years immediately following WW2 to how Sachiko felt about it within the same paragraphNiki Etsuko’s surviving daughter visited her mom to reassure her that she should have “no regrets for choices you once made” This refers to EtsukoSachiko moving her young daughter away from her life and father in Japan to England so that her daughter would have opportunities and a better lifeIn the flashback Etsuko’s father in law remarks “Children become adults but they don’t change much” This supports the theory that Keiko is Mariko – the daughter was troubled as a child and troubled as an adultThere is also a key scene at the end of the book when the narrator shifts from neighbor to mother of Mariko mid paragraphThe two women’s histories are intertwined EtsukoSachiko lost a boyfriend and her family in the war Etsuko married a man in a caretaking role A distant controlling husband who didn’t seem to care or notice when Etsuko several months pregnant left their apartment many a night to hang out with Sachiko Not likely Sachiko briefly lived with an uncle after the war After moving out he asked her to return but she didn’t want to Her feelings toward the uncle are likely the same as Etsuko felt about her first husband “It was nice of him to have invited me into his household But I’m afraid I’ve made other plans now “ “There’s nothing for me at my Uncle’s house Just a few empty rooms that’s all I could sit there in a room and grow old“ Years later Etsuko’s surviving daughter Niki echoes these sentiments “Sometimes you’ve got to take risks You did exactly the right thing You can’t just watch your life wasting away” Earlier in the story Etsuko snaps at Niki resenting her need to reassure her mother about the decisions she made back in Japan Etsuko remarks that her daughter has little understanding of what happened “those last days in Nagasaki”And what happened those last days in Nagasaki? Etsuko decided to leave her husband and move out of Japan She tells Niki that she knew that KeikoMariko would be unhappy but she moved her out of Japan anyway This is the most haunting part of the story – KeikoMariko’s suicide Keiko hung herself in her apartment In the flashbacks of Nagasaki there were two instances where EtsukoSachiko was coming toward KeikoMariko holding a rope that she says she found caught on her sandal In both instances KeikoMariko ran away frightened Etsuko also remembers that there was a child killer hanging kids in the neighborhood back in the day I feel that by Etsuko unreliably remembering these instances it indicates that she blames herself for her daughter’s suicide Her neglectful mothering and her moving her daughter out of Japan caused her daughter to lead a thoroughly unhappy life Throughout the flashbacks KeikoMariko is in danger of being hungAnother disturbing scene is when EtsukoSachiko drowns KeikoMariko’s only playmates – her beloved kittens I believe that this is another metaphor for the damage done to KeikoMariko by her mother moving them away from Japan – solving a problem in a selfish lazy way under the guise of doing what’s best for KeikoMariko Etsuko later tells Niki “nothing you learn at that age is totally lost”During much of the dialogue in the flashback between Etsuko and Sachiko they are debating a topic or trying to make a decision To me it looks like the thought process one person would have when trying to solve a problem Some of the topics they discuss Should I leave my young daughter home alone? Sachiko thought it was fine but Etsuko didn’t agree Should I move to America? Sachiko thought it would be better for Mariko but Etsuko thought living with her uncle would be a stable choice Should I go look for the American sailor who I thought was my ticket out of Japan? Sachiko decided to but Etsuko was skeptical Should I go after my daughter when she runs out of the house upset in the night? Sachiko didn’t want to but Etsuko would go looking for her Will the American Sailor really move me to America? Sachiko felt that he would but Etsuko doubted it Do I really have to drown these kittens? Sachiko felt she had to but Etsuko offered to care for them Does the noodle lady who lost most of her family in the war have anything to live for? Sachiko felt that the noodle lady had lost everything worth living for when she lost her family in the war but Etsuko thought she had a content enough existence consideringThis book gave less than the bare bones of the story to the reader but was intriguing enough for me to stick with it Twice

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A Pale View of Hills183 pages and has a text language like English isbn 97806797226 Surprise surprise The brilliant mind that concocted “Never Let Me Go” which is by the way indubitably on my top ten list first brought this masterpiece to a readership whose last brush with this is no exaggeration PERFECTION was reading Mr Graham Greene “The uiet American” The novel is tight 75% dialogue exuisitely concise devoid of flowery sentencesdescriptions no bullshit and beautiful Ishiguro is a n enviable genius a poet one capable of expelling tears and tugging at heartstrings Now I have two books on my list of superlatives by a single author EVERYONE GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS for THIS ladies gents is how IT IS DONE