A Pale View of Hills (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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A Pale View of Hills follows Etsuko: a Japanese expat living in England, who is recalling the time she spent living outside of Nagasaki shortly after WWII. During this time she was married to a different man and pregnant with her first child, now deceased. Etsuko’s life in Nagasaki is a solitary one, except for her tense friendship with Sachiko, a single mother to a young daughter. The novel explores Etsuko’s memories with Sachiko, as well as establishes her as an unreliable narrator; not everything she remembers is truthful. Ishiguro beautifully details this mother’s grief and does a brilliant job of writing a story where the true meaning is just below the surface. For a debut novel, this is very strong, especially considering Ishiguro’s range as an author.

Annabelle Mackson


From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day

Here is the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a novel where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War II.

About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro is the 2017 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages. Both The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have sold more than 1 million copies, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. Ishiguro's other work includes The Buried Giant, Nocturnes, A Pale View of the Hills, and An Artist of the Floating World.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679722670
ISBN-10: 067972267X
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 12th, 1990
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Vintage International