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A Pale View of Hills

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    So boring.

    Although its a tiny book, it felt so, so long.
    No plot, with characters that would find themselves boring, and one of the worst endings ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    I would give it more of a 2.5

    Honestly, the only thing I liked about this book was that it had quite a few different readings. The dialogue is very slow and there was almost no plot. I don't recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    Deeper than it seems

    While seemingly simple on the outside, A Pale View of Hills is actually a very involved story in which the main character, Etsuko, reexamines past events in her life. Ishiguro has woven an intricate tale full of parallels, and the reader can never actually be sure of anything. One has to wonder about the true identity of Sachiko and Mariko. Overall, an excellent, puzzling read, but not for the person who likes to have all questions answered at the end of the novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    A Vague View of Hills...

    Although this book was both interesting and entertaining, I feel as though Kazuo Ishiguro's work in A Pale View of Hills falls somewhat short of his more famous novel, The Reamains of the Day. A Pale View of Hills boasts a unique style of writing, as well as Ishiguro's masterful storytelling techiniques, making this colorful piece of modern literature a treat to first-time Ishiguro readers. However, the plotline (there is a plotline, right?) is quite vague through a large part of the story, and the way the perspectives of Etsuko's life flip-flop back and forth betweem chapters, can make keeping track of this book a confusing task, to say the least. I could identify with a few characters, like Ogata-San, due to some of my own personal life experiences; I was especially moved by Ishiguro's vivid portrayal of the trials and tribulations of the Japanese in the wake of World War II. Other tahn this book, I also liked reading Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, and have begun reading his newest masterpiece, An Artist of the Floating World.

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