I liked the aspect that there were mysteries that Ishiguro leaves rather inconclusive clues I think that is right to the reader through out and then leaves you to make your own mind up about what they might mean.
He trusts his readers and seems want you to do some of the work yourself and that to me really appealed. This book was kindly given to me by the publishers. Who else has read this book and what did you think? What did you make of the ending though if you want to discuss it please mention it could be a spoiler in the comments? What other Ishiguro books have you read, and which one would you recommend I try next?
Filed under Kazuo Ishiguro , Review. Tagged as Kazuo Ishiguro. I have a very early edition with just about the worst cover ever sitting at home. Ooooh never say never Jessica.
He might be laugh aloud but there are very wry moments in his work here and there. I am a firm fan now and will be reading another soon. I loved Never Let Me Go. I thought Ishiguro has an uncanny ability as a male to get into the female mind, and can only imagine with this novel about sisters and mothers that the skill is repeated many times over.
A Pale View of Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro
A fantastic book completely different again to these two books. Its a must!
I am holding off reading Remains of the Day until last as everyone says its so good. I am like this with a dinner, I always want to save my favourite bits of a main curse till my last mouthfuls. My favourite Ishiguro is Remains of the Day too. I had so many questions. It would be perfect for book group because you could probably discuss it for hours.
As close to perfect as you can get… now that really is a recommendatio Sakura, it also makes me think I should stick to my guns and save it till last.
Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills – John Pistelli
It does have an ambiguous nature this book, but like you said I think thats the idea and as frustrating as it is I like the fact he wants the reader to work it out themselves. I really didnt like An Artist of the Floating World however as I seem to have found my Ishiguro mojo at last maybe its time to read it again. The story line sounds great so I think I might just have to give it ago.
I was thrilled when I saw how much you loved Never Let Me Go, I have heard a lot of people just dont warm to it and that I find a real shame, its a book that uses its cold narrative in such a clever way. Anyway, before I start gushing about that book again, I would definitely say give this a go, though if you try another I can see if its worth reading hahaha. Have you read any others Eva?
Any suggestions of where to go next? I tried reading The Unconsoled until the narrative started getting a little tough to follow. 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 promptly picked up Northanger Abbey and enjoyed it more than I should have! I did not find When We Were Orphans impressive until the very end, but the final revelation was gut-wrenching. On the whole, I recommend that you skip this one. Its plot is simply not gripping enough. Unfortunately for me, it seems that I may have to finish my dinner with leftovers!
I read that book years ago and found it haunting. Later a girlfriend of mine read it and pointed out a single sentence in the book that suddenly made me realize I had misunderstood something. I do recall that creepy child in the flashback. Another atmospheric tale. Caveat would only be: read if you like Kafka-esque, hypnotically even boringly! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.
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Savidge Reads. Skip to content. Share this: Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Facebook. Like this: Like Loading April 13, at pm. I guess, wondering if anyone can shed light on this. Spoilers below I suppose. So it seems like she kept this one page because of the photo reminds her of this place. Keiko was happy that day. Or, is this like a revisiting of earlier in the story, when she pretended that Keiko was alive, and Niki commented that she seemed to enjoy pretending it.
Is she just pretending that Keiko was there in the memory, to embellish the memory, as part of her grief? About to read this! Ooh yes please do! I would love to discuss it. Sorry, I read this last year so some of the details escape me. It's open for interpretation whether Sachiko and Mariko are real, or if Etsuko is projecting her feelings of guilt onto them.
Personally, I take the view that Sachiko and Mariko were real, but Etsuko also uses them as substitutes for herself and Keiko at times. The episode in the hills, it seems to me, was Etsuko and Keiko, but Etsuko is narrating it as though she were an observer to another mother and daughter.
This idea is most apparent when Keiko approaches Mariko with a rope and the narrative shifts - there's meant to be a blurring between reality and fiction in what Etsuko's telling us as she deals with her grief and guilt. Oh that makes a lot of sense. I forgot about that, when she approaches Mariko at the river after the last time when Sachiko has decided, after all, to go to America, towards the end of the book.