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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.

Review:

"A delicate, ironic, elliptical novel, A Pale View of Hills means much more than it says....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." New York Times

About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. He is the author of five novels, including The Remains of the Day, an international bestseller that won the Booker Prize and was adapted into an award-winning film. Ishiguro's work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. In 1995, he received an Order of the British Empire for service to literature, and in 1998 was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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Nan Wigington, August 14, 2015 (view all comments by Nan Wigington)
What a strange and haunting book this is. Ishiguro writes of the unreliability of memory in the voice of an unreliable narrator. The mother/daughter pairs here twist around each other, sometimes meld, sometimes stand distinctly apart and alone. All stand at the edge of destruction and the cusp of decision. What decisions should a young woman make at the end of a war and in the end of an old social order? What is a mother's obligation to her child? Should she sacrifice her life for her or let her drown like a kitten in the unrelenting, dirty waters of time and history? (Okay, I'm getting melodramatic, but I guess Ishiguro can do that to you.)
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Sophie, January 20, 2011 (view all comments by Sophie)
I got this book for Christmas, read through it once, then immediately started re-reading it. I don't want to give anyway any details, so I'll just say that this is one of those books that makes so much more sense the second time through.
Definitely an interesting read, and not quite what you'd expect.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679722670
Author:
Ishiguro, Kazuo
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Japanese
Subject:
England
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Suicide victims
Subject:
Women -- Psychology -- Fiction.
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Fiction.
Subject:
Japanese -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
Nagasaki-shi
Subject:
England Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International (Paperback)
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19900931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.32x4.88x.52 in. .39 lbs.

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"Review" by , "A delicate, ironic, elliptical novel, A Pale View of Hills means much more than it says....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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