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A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Pale View of Hills (1982)

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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The first novel by a brilliant author, A Pale View of Hills has a disturbing undertone to it. Old memories clash as newer ones surface, yet Ishiguro's talent shows through on each page. The ending puzzled me a bit... ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
I love the writing and quiet voice of Kazuo Ishiguro, this story (or parallel stories) of post-war Japan moves along quietly in the shadow of the death by suicide of Etsuko's eldest daughter. ( )
  kale.dyer | Dec 18, 2016 |
Very good in the ways that Kazuo Ishiguro usually is. ( )
  valzi | Sep 7, 2016 |
" Quizá lo que diga parezca exagerado, pero es la verdad. El sentido del deber unía a la gente. Frente a la familia, a los superiores, al país. Pero ahora, en lugar de eso, no se habla más que de democracia. Y oyes esa palabra cada vez que la gente quiere ser egoista, cada vez que quieren olvidar sus obligaciones. Imagínate lo que supondrá hoy en día ser un muchacho y no aprender en la escuela ningún valor moral, excepto pedirle egoístamente a la vida que satisfaga todos sus deseos". K. Ishiguro. ( )
  darioha | Aug 25, 2016 |
it didn't capture me quite like 'never let me go' but he's a master and the characters are so sparsely written that i feel like they became my creation.

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  Joseph_W_Naus | Jul 20, 2016 |
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A Pale View of Hills is eery and tenebrous. It is a ghost story, but the narrator, Etsuko, does not realize that. She is the widow of an Englishman, and lives alone and rather desolate in an English country house. Her elder daughter, Keiko, the child of her Japanese first husband, killed herself some years before. The novel opens during a visit from her younger daughter, Niki, the child of her English second husband. Etsuko recalls her past, but Niki, a brusque, emancipated Western girl, is not very sympathetic. Her visit is uncomfortable and uncomforting, and she cuts it short: not only because of the lack of rapport with her mother, but because she can't sleep. Keiko's unseen ghost keeps her awake.
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''A Pale View of Hills'' is Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel. Its characters, whose bursts of self-knowledge and honesty erase their inspired self-deceptions only briefly, are remarkably convincing. It is filled with surprise and written with considerable charm. But what one remembers is its balance, halfway between elegy and irony.
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Niki, the name we finally gave my younger daughter, is not an abbreviation; it was a compromise I reached with her father.
It doesn’t matter how old someone is, it’s what they’ve experienced that counts. People can get to be a hundred and not experience a thing.
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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 II.

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A middle-aged Japanese woman, now living in England, relives her horrifying childhood memories of the bombing of Nagasaki.

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