A Pale View of Hills

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Haunted by her daughter’s suicide, Etsuko, a Japanese widow living in England, retreats to the past…Her reminiscences take her back to a hot, insect-ridden summer in Nagasaki, where she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after thewar.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 183 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.7 out of 5
  • Published January 1st 1992 by Faber & Faber
  • Original Title: A Pale View of Hills
  • ISBN: 0571162835 (ISBN13: 9780571162833)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize (1982)

Haunted by her daughter’s suicide, Etsuko, a Japanese widow living in England, retreats to the past…Her reminiscences take her back to a hot, insect-ridden summer in Nagasaki, where she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the war. But when her recollections turn to her strange friendship with Sachiko – a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy – and her little girl, Mariko, the memories take on a disturbing cast. Past and present become fused in a narrative of disturbing poignancy.