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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A part of my problem was that I took it up as a holiday read while vacationing with friends, while Ishiguro is meant to be read in solitude, in my opinion.

I don’t trust Kazuo Ishiguro’s narrators an inch, so reading this I just settled in and waited for her to reveal herself. It was so frustration at times to read, I felt like skipping that part I actually wondered if there was a sequel I didn’t know anything about this book previously as it was a gift. Ahhh, so that fits more, I think, with the second interpretation: I knew all along she wouldn’t be happy over here.

However, I still remain confused regarding the appearance of the “ghost”, the parallels with the drowning episodes She feels she ‘murdered’ her child with her selfish decision.

Re “self-deception and self-protection,” maybe Etsuko just imagined all or part of the novel. Note the way Etsuko speaks to the unnamed little girl on the bridge.

The analysis of memory in “A Pale View of Hills”

Sachiko felt that the noodle lady had lost everything worth living for when she lost her family in the war but Etsuko thought she had a content enough existence, considering. During this time, women in general are growing increasingly dissatisfied with vieq position in Japan. Exactly — in the intensity of the moment, the framing is breaking down.


This pair is comprised of an older Etsuko and Niki, a daughter Etsuko has had by a second English-born husband. I went back and reread it viiew couple of times and decided there must be a clue to the resolution. Keiko, as the victim, would know the truth about her abuse, and perhaps also about the murderer.

All in all, we create an image of a selfish and egocentric mother. Ali Dadban July 2, at 4: In addition a new city is being built where so much has been physically destroyed. I’ll have fun looking for the clues. What I intended was this: This all becomes more ominous with these child murders happening.

Don’t get me wrong, Ishiguro is a master storyteller and has an eloquent way with words. This becomes bound up with the guilt that it was Etsuko’s flight from Japan without regard for her daughter’s well-being that makes it feel as if she tied the noose about her daughter’s neck when she long ago made that choice.

A Pale View of Hills

But with all the allusions to ropes, swings, hangings and muddy ground getting in her sandals he makes a point of saying so quite a few times as you’re thinking, who cares?

As someone else on this thread posited, I think that was injected by the author hillls further show Sachiko’s carelessness as a mother.

Anonymous March 11, at To me, the suggestions that Etsuko is inadvertently dragging the rope that will hang Keiko, or Mariko, is an unconscious symbol of the blame she places on herself for her daughter’s death. Anonymous April 8, at 7: Also throughout the book is the interesting dichotomy of women looking with hope towards the possibilities that life in the West ishihuro bring them along with perhaps an underlying knowledge that emigration will never really solve their problems – especially important in this regard I think is the scene with the American woman, who Sachiko speaks to very warmly, whilst all the while scorning her fellow Japanese women.


Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills | John Pistelli

So one can see why Etsuko would be unreliable–reasons too traumatic to face. In post war Nagasaki, there is much talk of the disruption, or destruction, of the old ways, the old Japanese traditions of country and family. Through the eyes of Etsuko, the protagonist, we witness a war-ravaged Japan trying to rise from its ashes – torn between the difficult choice of shunning past ideologies which lured it down the path of ruin or holding on to the frail sentime Ishiguro’s A Pale View pf the Hillsdespite being his debut, is no less an emotional tale than his other better known works.

Abcd August 1, at That is the most logical explanation. Almost everyone in the book has suffered horrific tragedy in the war and is now just trying to live on and build their lives anew whilst coming to terms with their loss.