A Pale View of Hills kindle ´ 183 pages ð naturaltreatment

text A Pale View of Hills

A Pale View of Hills kindle ´ 183 pages ð naturaltreatment ´ 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 IIOn 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 flas

text Ï A Pale View of Hills Ï Kazuo Ishiguro

The story of Etsuko a Japanese woman now living alone in England dwelling Every once in a while a book surprises you on the way to its ending After the first few pages of this book I figured I knew what to expect a well written realist novel about a displaced Japanese woman in England who reminisces about her youth while contemplating the choices her children have made And for most of the book that impression is borne out It nicely describes the two countries how people act and react and what life has been like for this character throughout her time in both placesThe novel even does a very good job of replicating the varying syntax between English and Japanese in the reminiscences the dialogue does not flow as it would in English and the translation is in some cases very literal which makes the dialogue reflect the difference in thought patterns that speaking and thinking in another language reuiresThen only ten pages from the end the pronouns change Where you expect 'she' there is 'the child' and where you expect 'you' there is 'we' And all of a sudden you're unsure who is talking to whom and when and you start to realize that you have been taking what your narrator says at face value when perhaps you shouldn't haveAfter all the narrator of the story tells us than once that perhaps her memory is faulty perhaps she is mixing things up But such a confession such reluctance to appear certain such a recognition of the false nature of memory does the opposite of what the words should do Instead of making the reader doubt the narrator such ualification about the haziness of memory leads the reader to trust the narrator after all she has recognized that she's telling a story and because she's telling a story we're willing to give her the benefit of the doubtThen suddenly the pronoun shift at the end introduces the possibility that not only did the narrator perhaps get some details wrong leave some things out change some names be not as innocent as she seems but maybe these omissions and alterations weren't accidental and we've been led to believe her a good person when perhaps she was lying about those details because she wasn't such a nice person after all in fact maybe she was a really nasty personI'm sure if you haven't read the book all this sounds a bit confusing and you might be wondering what the deal is anyway but from a narrative theory point of view the ability of such a small thing a few pronouns to throw the entire preceeding narrative into doubt is pretty impressiveI think I will need to reread this book to figure it out

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A Pale View of HillsNfuse she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War I Surprise surprise The brilliant mind that concocted “Never Let Me Go” which is by the way indubitably on my top ten list first brought this masterpiece to a readership whose last brush with this is no exaggeration PERFECTION was reading Mr Graham Greene “The uiet American” The novel is tight 75% dialogue exuisitely concise devoid of flowery sentencesdescriptions no bullshit and beautiful Ishiguro is a n enviable genius a poet one capable of expelling tears and tugging at heartstrings Now I have two books on my list of superlatives by a single author EVERYONE GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS for THIS ladies gents is how IT IS DONE