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Title:A Pale View of Hills
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Publisher:Faber and Faber
ISBN:0571225373
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Number of Pages:183
Category:Fiction, Japan, Historical fiction, Japanese literature

A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Pale View of Hills In his highly acclaimed debut A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko a Japanese woman now living alone in England dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter Retreating into the past she finds herself reliving one particular hot summer in Nagasaki when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the war But then as she recalls her strange friendship with Sachiko a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy the memories take on a disturbing cast

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An English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England he grows up to become a renowned detective and years later returns to Shanghai where the Sino Japanese War is raging br br The maze of human memory the ways in which we accommodate and alter it deceive and deliver ourselves with it is territory that Kazuo Ishiguro has made his own In his previous novels he has explored this inner world and its manifestations in the lives of his characters with rare inventiveness and subtlety shrewd humor and insight In When We Were Orphans his first novel in five years he returns to this terrain in a brilliantly realized story that illuminates the power of one s past to determine the present br br Christopher Banks an English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England he grows up to become a renowned detective and more than twenty years later returns to Shanghai where the Sino Japanese War is raging to solve the mystery of the disappearances br br The story is straightforward Its telling is remarkable Christopher s voice is controlled detailed and detached its precision unsurprising in someone who has devoted his life to the examination of details and the rigors of objective thought But within the layers of his narrative is slowly revealed what he can t or won t see that his memory despite what he wants to believe is not unaffected by his childhood tragedies that his powers of perception the heralded clarity of his vision can be blinding as well as enlightening and that the simplest desires a child s for his parents a man s for understanding may give rise to the most complicated truths br br A masterful combination of narrative control and soaring imagination When We Were Orphans is Kazuo Ishiguro at his best, You ve long set your heart against it Axl I know But it s time now to think on it anew There s a journey we must go on and no more delay br br i The Buried Giant i begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years br br Sometimes savage often intensely moving Kazuo Ishiguro s first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories love revenge and war, In i An Artist of the Floating World i Kazuo Ishiguro offers readers of the English language an authentic look at postwar Japan a floating world of changing cultural behaviors shifting societal patterns and troubling questions Ishiguro who was born in Nagasaki in but moved to England in writes the story of Masuji Ono a bohemian artist and purveyor of the night life who became a propagandist for Japanese imperialism during the war But the war is over Japan lost Ono s wife and son have been killed and many young people blame the imperialists for leading the country to disaster What s left for Ono Ishiguro s treatment of this story earned a Whitbread Prize, Ryder a renowned pianist arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give But then as he traverses a landscape by turns eerie and comical and always strangely malleable as a dream might be he comes steadily to realise he is facing the most crucial performance of his life br br Ishiguro s extraordinary and original study of a man whose life has accelerated beyond his control was met on publication by consternation vilification and the highest praise