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characters Í A Pale View of Hills ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø 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 IIThe 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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Nfuse she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War I. Some books you really just have to read at least twice Never before have I read a work of literary fiction carefully than I would read an Agatha Christie novel What can I say I was determined to figure it out the second time around reading for details instead of for an explanation and as it turns out these characters actually have a special place on my heart especially Etsuko and Ogata san and their teasing relationship What was I smoking the first time around I just wanted answers instant gratification was my crime and having finished the second read I believe I have found some of them and made peace with the fact that I will likely be reteading it again at some point in the future Is Mercury still in retrograde Initial review from Somewhere in the Twilight ZoneHmmmhow I wish I could just leave it at that After reading the amazing An Artist of the Floating World I wasn't planning on reading another Ishiguro right away because how could it possibly compare But I did and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it yet Might have to reread it at some point in order to entirely appreciate it I read the first chapter with skepticism and then somehow chapter two followed And three and four and five How can a book in which so little happens be so readable I did find it less focused than An Artist of the Floating World especially in the middle and perhaps expected too much regarding the 'twist' Was that really it Ishiguro's narrators aren't charming his plots aren't nailbiters but his books all have a certain magic Yes I think that must be it the answer is magic

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A Pale View of HillsOn the recent suicide of her daughter In a story where past and present co. A Japanese born woman in England reminisces with her daughter about the woman’s memories of life in Japan in Nagasaki after the war The woman had two daughters by two husbands We learn in the first couple of pages that the oldest daughter born in Japan to a Japanese husband recently committed suicide in England She was solitary and anti social even to her family The second daughter’s father was British and the woman moved to England where her visiting daughter was raised We don’t learn what happened to either husband but neither is around so we presumeThe woman is older and has memory issues which she recognizes But all the memories she has revolve around a neighborhood woman friend in Japan who had a young daughter The main character was pregnant with her first daughter at the time That neighboring mother was neglectful not sending her daughter to school letting her wander by herself near a river and even letting her stay out after dark in the woods Several times the main character helped the neighbor search the woods for her daughter at nightThe neighbor was preoccupied with her relationship with an American soldier with a fancy car a member of the occupying forces who promised to take her to the USA Shades of the main character marrying and going to England Her young girl was also solitary and growing up anti social Ishiguro likes fantasy It’s in almost all his novels that I’ve read So what’s going on with all this symmetry of the main character and her Japanese neighbor And the symmetry of the little neighbor girl in Japan and of her first born daughter Maybe a reincarnation thing Or something practical A good story that keeps you guessing and calls for a re read of this fairly short book 190 pages This was the author's first novel He won the Nobel Prize in 2017 Top photo from listalcomThe author from theatlanticcom