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A Pale View of Hills
A Pale View of Hills | Kazuo Ishiguro
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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.
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mydearwatson
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So I bought this book awhile back not only because I love #Japanese literature but also mostly because one of the characters had the same name as my grandmother, Sachiko.

What‘s the most random reason you‘ve ever bought a book?

TrishB A cover matched my shoes 😁 3mo
rretzler I guess I‘d also have to say the cover although I can‘t specifically think of a random book I‘ve bought recently. 3mo
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rretzler
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Generally not a big fan of lit. fic., but I do love Ishiguro‘s work. This is very layered, with a potentially unreliable narrator. Etsuko survives the Nagasaki bombing as a young girl and marries the son of the family who took her in. After a child, they divorce and she marries an Englishman. They move to England with her daughter. During a visit from her English daughter after the deaths of her husband and first daughter, she looks back. 4/5⭐️

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1001BooksPodcast
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We were split on how to interpret this very strange novel. It almost had too many levels. Search “1001 Books Podcast” to hear it #1001books #bookpodcast #applepodcasts #googleplay #soundcloud

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BiblioNyan
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Yeah, this author and his writing style/storytelling are not for me. I find myself bored out of my mind with his books. I gave him a legitimate shot, but he‘s simply not my cup o‘chai.

With this book specifically, it was too slow and uninteresting, while doing nothing to make me invested in the characters or what was unfolding.

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Libby1
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Great news for fans of Ishiguro.

Kazuo Ishiguro lived in Nagasaki until the age of 5, when his family moved to the UK.

❤️🇯🇵❤️🇬🇧❤️🇯🇵❤️🇬🇧❤️🇯🇵❤️🇬🇧❤️

Libby1 @MommyWantsToReadHerBook - yes, it is wonderful. Nagasaki is such a beautiful city, too. I really took it to my heart when I visited in 2005. 1y
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Agnetta
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swatreads
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Wow!! What did I just read??? Such a mind bend and you don't even realise it! Genius writing! I just want to talk about this book for days! Amazing plot! Amazing characters! I'm already wearing my running shoes to run to the bookstore to get more of his books!😂 Japanese authors are simply AMAZING!!!!!

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swatreads
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This is my #TBR for May! I'm really hoping I can finish all of them! A Pale View of Hills and Don't Wake Up are book club reads! Strange the Dreamer is for a monthly buddy read and The Ninth Life of Louis Drax is my #FreakyFriday read( Yes I'll be completing all the leftover #FreakyFriday books in the next few months)! Other books are from my #TBR . Currently reading the tagged book and Naoko( Both are amazing so far)!!! Happy reading Littens❤❤

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Lola
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“...as with a wound on one‘s own body, it becomes possible to develop an intimacy with the most disturbing of things.”

Faibka Oh I haven‘t read this one! 2y
Lola @Faibka It‘s his debut and so good so far. I just adore his writing. And Fab, it turns out that this is a PERFECT follow-up to 2y
Faibka @Lola really? Cool! I‘m very much intrigued. His writing is so beautiful, looking forward to it. Thanks! 2y
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Lola @Faibka On second thought...I don‘t recommend this for you. There is a bit of animal cruelty as there was in Emperor so I don‘t think you‘ll enjoy this :( 2y
Faibka @Lola yikes, thanks for the warning! I‘ll keep it in mind if I decide to read it 2y
Lola @Faibka I didn‘t want you to be caught unaware ❤️ 2y
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AnieHart
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Mehso-so

I‘m gonna be one of the people that just flat out admits that I didn‘t get it. The story feels to me as fragile, melancholy and quiet. It sets a tone that feels very frail and should be read carefully. And while I try to find meaning, I just can‘t. But I can recognize the beauty in it still, and I wish I could see the story that other people clearly have seen before me. It almost feels like a challenge since the story is so subtle, and I failed...

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Mcoun
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There is a lot going on in this book. I think I may need to reread it at some point. It‘s a complex story set in modern day United States and based on the recollections of a Japanese woman who lived in Nagasaki during WWII.

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mydearwatson
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I received this awhile back and forgot to post it. I was really hoping for England and/or Japan...and I got Japan! I cannot tell you how happy this makes me!

I can‘t wait to read this book...my grandmother‘s name was also Sachiko 😊.

#passportlitsy #laterlitsy #heritage #japan

mydearwatson P.S. (Any suggestions on books about Transnistria...?) (edited) 2y
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sakeriver
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Jumping into this today. Super excited!

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KimHM
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I know I read Remains of the Day, but I don‘t seem to own a copy. It may, however be time to reread this. Congratulations to Ishiguro! 📚🎉📚🎉

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CoveredInRust
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Pickpick

Second book down for the #24in48 This was heavy. Interesting discourse in the difference of 1940s/50s values in Japan and the US, and a great unreliable narrator that has a late reveal. Time for cozies, methinks.

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CoveredInRust
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Just broke the quarter mark for the #24in48 Readathon!

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Tonton
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After her daughter kills herself, Etsuko, a Japanese woman living in England, relives memories of a summer spent in Nagasaki after the war. Her relationship with Sachiko, a former wealthy woman in a relationship with an American soldier, is oddly distant...until it begins to seem that it is a way for Etsuko now to explain her own actions in the past.

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CarolynOliver
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So, here's a random #shelfie--a couple levels of my big desk filled with (a) recently acquired books, (b) books I intended to read in 2015 (c) miscellaneous items, (d) my major work reference book, The Chicago Manual of Style, and (e) most of my Leonard Cohen cds. #riotgrams

slategreyskies ❤ Leonard Cohen! 3y
CarolynOliver @slategreyskies He's my favorite. 💔 3y
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rach_simone
A Pale View of Hills | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Belated December 2016 wrap up! I was hoping to read more than I did, but not too bad.

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rach_simone
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Pickpick

Wow. A short debut novel that is quiet and powerful. I love Kazuo Ishiguro's writing. He's definitely one of my favorite authors. I've read 4 other books by him and I'm always astounded by how subtle and inventive he is.

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cari_luna
A Pale View of Hills | Kazuo Ishiguro
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So much depends
on the Home Depot bucket
crusted with mud
beside the coddled chickens.
#notreally #sometimesIsitonit

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cari_luna
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Campsite reading

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hughes
A Pale View of Hills | Kazuo Ishiguro

Finished late last night and immediately googled the ending. In an interview Ishiguro admits to an overly perplexing ending which causes readers to have a different discussion than he intended. Going backwards to read his earlier works based on my admiration for his later works. Thoroughly enjoyed his mastery of language and depiction of complex emotions.

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Mjk20a
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Read this in one sitting on a 10 hour flight and wanted to immediately re-read. Has moments where you literally jolt up and say "Holy S---!" I like literal or metaphoric readings. Is she killing the children of Nagasaki or is it symbolic of her guilt over her daughter's suicide? Creepy and great.