OK, I finished A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro last night, and am completely disturbed. I need to talk about it. If you haven’t read this book. Memory is an unreliable thing: the analysis of memory in “A Pale View of Hills” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills () details the thoughts of Et- suko, the protagonist, and her conversations with her younger daughter. Niki in England.

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She probably agrees that the kittens had to be got rid of. View all 17 comments. Etsuko has her nice house in the English countryside, her genteel facade to maintain, not even telling the neighbours of her child’s death.

When you’re reading it, you have absolutely no sense that Etsuko has this evil inside, until the end. May 11, at 5: View all 28 comments.

My favourite Ishiguro isuiguro Remains of the Day too. We see women in a changing society who slowly begin to assert themselves, while a passive and pregnant Etsuko merely observes. She talks all around it, but she leaves that as a gap. I’ll have fun looking for the clues. Ishuguro more I think voew the ages of the children, though, the more I think it’s possible that Etsuko left her first husband and remained in Japan for some time before going to England.

For paradoxically it was he who wanted to give her a Japanese name, and I — perhaps out of some selfish desire not to be reminded of the past — insisted on an English one. Anonymous October 15, at 7: She had two husbands: We already know she is an unreliable narrator, which can be why Mariko is afraid of her and the rope.


I know there are many theories about what the author was attempting here, but even without them, I believe I have arrived at my hillls comfort level with the book.

So glad someone mentioned James’s The Turn of the Screw — one of my favourite books of all time, read nearly half a century ago, one that set me on a quest to find as many novels as I could that use an ‘unreliable narrator’! When I open a book, I would always like to be engaged and if this is not asking for too much Anonymous June 23, at This novel was lovely, absorbing, and immensely readable.

Quotes from A Pale View of Hills. Finally, we proceed to the role of memory in the novel.

A Pale View of Hills

Mariko possibly drowned trying to rescue kaazuo kittens, accidentally killing herself. Etsuko is likely the murderer so unusual to have a serial child-killer – and a good story as a female – in post-bomb Nagasaki – as if those horrors weren’t bad enough, but maybe makes a good cover? The tone of all three novels I have read – Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go, and Lale PaleView of Hills – were positively gorgeous in their overarching sense of dread without ever quite becoming truly dreadful, and description of characters’ expressions and interactions with each other.

Much viww the novel, however, deals with the woman’s recollections of her life in Japan, near Hiroshima Nagasaki, shortly after being devastated by the atomic b Pale View of the Hills is a short, easy read that is spooky in a way that I could never quite put my finger on. Through almost dual narratives a rather eerie set of stories starts to come to light.

To ask other readers questions about A Pale View ishigueo Hillsplease sign up. I enjoyed it a lot, but I can understand why people wouldn’t — it’s quite devoid of content, it’s all atmosphere, and even what’s there isn’t so trustworthy, so Based on the first 5 books I’ve read this is his ta-da!


A fantastic book completely different again to these two books. Clearly her daughter’s suicide is partly her fault, but it is clear that she doesn’t think so from the way she tells the story. On an unrelated tangent, I’d like to mention that I discovered Kazuo Ishiguro only last week and have already read and thoroughly enjoyed two of his brilliant works.

Close to the end, Etsuko shows to her daughter a calendar and she tells that ists views are related to Inasa, where she lived a very especial excursion day with Keiko.

A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

This novel was lovely, absorbing, and immensel First, if you haven’t read Kazuo Ishiguro, go and do it. Or maybe Etsuko was finally that mysterious woman who convinced Mariko “come over to my house”, and when Sachiko went to leave in the morning, Mariko was hjlls at the cottage, and so Sachiko simply left without her. The people have been displaced, even if they are in the same city. Although, it is entirely possible that Mariko drowns while trying to rescue her kittens from drowning.

It shifts between then and the s when the main character, Etsuko, is ishuguro in England. Sachiko is a highly developed character in her own right.