A Pale View of Hills

A Pale View of Hills

Book - 1991
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From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go

In his highly acclaimed debut, Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter.

Retreating into the past, she finds herself reliving one particular hot summer night 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 take on a disturbing cast.

Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 1991, c1982
ISBN: 9780571258253
Branch Call Number: FIC Ishig 3206 01
Characteristics: 183 p


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LPL_MeredithW Oct 28, 2017

This one will crawl up your spine like ants, shifting from a feeling of vague wrongness to something profoundly unsettling, all in Ishiguro's characteristically beautiful writing.

Oct 25, 2011

A glimpse into an old woman's memory of post-war Nagasaki colored by regret, loss, and guilt. And yet, she moved forward regardless. Short, sad, somewhat repetitive, and illuminating.


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May 12, 2016

"You see, Etsuko, she turned around and smiled at Mariko. I knew something was wrong and Mariko must have known too because she stopped running. At first I thought the woman was blind, she had that kind of look, her eyes didn't seem to see anything. Well, she brought her arms out of the canal and showed us what she'd been holding under the water. it was a baby. I took hold of Mariko then and we came out of the alley..." "Five, almost six. She saw other things in Tokyo. But she always remembers that woman." p.74

Oct 25, 2011

"A man might work and make his contribution in one place, but at the end of it all" -- he shrugged and smiled wistfully -- "at the end of it all, he still wants to go back to the place where he grew up."

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