A Pale View of Hills: Kazuo Ishiguro

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A Pale View of Hills: Kazuo Ishiguro

A Pale View of Hills: Kazuo Ishiguro

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You wrote an accurate and objective review, which really gives an insight of what I presume to be most people’s thoughts on this novel. 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. It leaves so many questions unanswered and I suppose every reader has their own theory as to who Etsuko really is, or what really happened in Nagasaki. New generation is over-obsessed with sensual life yet does not like to have marital bonds: they want both- freedom and sensual pleasures, forgetful of the fact that in the end, they would find themselves deserted by one and all, likewise.

Etsuko remarks that her daughter has little understanding of what happened “those last days in Nagasaki”. Here is Etsuko Ogata (later Sheringham), the narrator of A Pale View of Hills, with an early admonishment to the reader (beginning of Chapter Three): “It is possible that my memory of these events will have grown hazy with time, that things did not happen in quite the way they come back to me today. Also, similar to Sachiko’s odd relationship with her daughter Mariko, who sometimes does not even acknowledge her mother’s presence, Etsuko may have also only displayed aloofness, pride and morbid curiosity in relation to Keiko. g., the influence of the war (European theatre) in Remains of the Day, and An Artist of the Floating World treats the consequences of the war on the war generation of Japanese. I am actually a big admirer of Kazuo Ishiguro (that’s why it pained me to criticise this debut of his) and if I were to recommend his writing at its best it will be his best novel “The Remains of the Day” – it is subtle, moving, unforgettable.

Firstly, the novel contrasts western and eastern mentalities as Etsuko and Sachiko, Etsuko’s strange woman neighbour, converse with American guests in Japan.

In England, Etsuko lives in a rural village that Niki insists is not the real countryside but that Etsuko loves for the calm and quietness found in its lanes. Characters talk about looking forward, never back, and what else can you do after you have lost everything?However, her subconscious seems to project the traumatic memories outwardly in her narrative, and, as we read on, we come across such “misplaced” suicide “artefacts” as a willow tree, a rope, a young girl being injured and murdered children. Ishiguro here plays with his common themes of personal and collective memories, trauma and cultural differences between Japan and England. Matsuda has published an article in a journal on education in which he accuses Ogata and another teacher of having too easily gone along with the excesses of the thirties, with the nationalistic indoctrination, and even oppression of those who disagreed.

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