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A Pale View of Hills review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ The story of Etsuko a Japanese woman now living alone in England dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter In a story where past and present confuse she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War IINfuse she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War I. Ishiguro’s first novel is an intriguing read If anything it shows how much promise he had as an author and how much he could offer the literary world as he honed his skills The Pale View of Hills is a very implicit book and the conclusions I took from it may not even be conclusions at all It’s a story that made me think and it even made me re read it when I finished And that’s the problem the cleverness of this is not revealed until the very end There are three paragraphs in the penultimate chapter that perhaps change the entire story Memory I realize can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily coloured by the circumstances in which one remembers and no doubt this applies to certain of the recollections I have gathered hereUp to that point it all seemed rather ordinary I was waiting for something big to happen and it came far too late By the time it did I was already uite bored with the story and ready to move onto a new book For me it was a real shame I would have liked suggestions through the book On my second read I found not a single shred of evidence or hint about what we learn at the end It came rather uick and stopped me dead in my tracks even if it is a very very cleaver device If I’m being cryptic it’s because I don’t want to ruin the it all for you though I do really think Ishiguro learnt from this book All the major themes he replicates across his writing are here in a very early form He explores memory and regret in a way no other writer can It’s the things he doesn’t say that make his writing so powerful We can imply from it that the characters are full of regret we can assume but he does not state it anywhere he doesn’t need to And this is something he delivered with a masterful stroke in The Remains of the Day He really grew as an artistSo 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 not executed with the same level of skill he would later wield

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On the recent suicide of her daughter In a story where past and present co. 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 HillsThe story of Etsuko a Japanese woman now living alone in England dwelling. She came to see me earlier this year in April when the days were still cold and drizzly Perhaps she had intended to stay longer I do not know But my country house and the uiet that surrounds it made her restless and before long I could see she was anxious to return to her life in London She listened impatiently to my classical records flicked through numerous magazines The telephone rang for her regularly and she would stride across the carpet her thin figure sueezed into her tight clothes taking care to close the door behind her so I would not overhear her conver sation She left after five days She did not mention Keiko until the second day It was a grey windy morning and we had moved the armchairs nearer the windows to watch the rain falling on my garden ‘Did you expect me to be there’ she asked ‘At the funeral I mean’ ‘No I suppose not I didn’t really think you’d come’ ‘It did upset me hearing about her I almost came’‘I never expected you to come’ This is another Ishiguro story his debut full of mystery and uestions what’s happening and what is at the heart of the matter Beautifully written as I appreciate Ishiguro Stories are ‘mingled’ and all has a subfeeling of sadness melancholy and ‘something is not uite right here’When I finished the book I started again right at the beginning to see if the circle was complete Not uite sure But I love Ishiguro’s brooding and 'still' writing a dark and lyrical poet Loved reading Ishiguro againIt's the story of Etsuko a Japanese woman now living alone in England dwelling on the recent suicide of her eldest daughter She finds herself reliving one particular hot summer in Nagasaki when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the war But then as she recalls her strange friendship with Sachiko a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy the memories on a disturbing castInteresting Wikipedia bit about the plot