A Pale View of Hills

by Kazuo Ishiguro | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780140118674 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bluecat07 of Karben, Hessen Germany on 4/6/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by bluecat07 from Karben, Hessen Germany on Sunday, April 06, 2008
Book Description
The story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a story where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War II.

Journal Entry 2 by bluecat07 from Karben, Hessen Germany on Wednesday, May 06, 2009
I already sent this some weeks ago to zzz but it came back to me. Today I went to the po and sent it again. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by zzz from Rakovica, City of Belgrade Serbia on Monday, May 11, 2009
It's here. Thank you so much! And how strange book has been returned to you. That happened only once but my Canadian friend wrote wrong address so it had stamp "undelivered" and she even had to pay postage for return. I hope that wasn't the case with you?

Journal Entry 4 by zzz at Rakovica, City of Belgrade Serbia on Friday, July 08, 2011
OK as an early work, a debut novel it's OK. quite possibly more than OK. However, Ishiguro spoiled me massively with his later novels that happened I've read before this one and therefore my expectations were quite high.
It's a really nice prose (not surprisingly), quite readable story about nothing much in the end. Melancholic of course and that melancholy is indeed what I like in Ishiguro's work. here however that's pretty much all he gave.
There are much more questions than the answers and while that is not necessarily a bad thing (often the case is quite opposite and quite often in ishiguro's novels) here it didn't work quite good for me. there are just too many.
There is a nice episode about the people who lead Japan into the war and the way they were thinking and as an opposite side new Japan's thinkers. Collision of their points of view about what have happened was really interesting. Alas that's really not what this novel is all about. The entire episode is on a two pages (or so).
So yeah, Strangely enough I'm trying to apologize for not being delighted with this novel. Silly I know but it's I really like his other novels. Anyway, it was OK but really not nearly what I expected.

Journal Entry 5 by zzz at Rakovica, City of Belgrade Serbia on Friday, December 07, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (7/10/2012 UTC) at Rakovica, City of Belgrade Serbia


This book is continuing its journey with a fellow CouchSurfer, Tom from Israel who visited me here in Belgrade.
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