A Pale View of Hills

  • by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by Roe Kendall
  • 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Impressive debut novel, but grating narration

This is a subtle debut novel, impressive for a (then) young writer. Emotionally cool at best, even cold. This may well be appropriate for characters struggling to deal with new American cultural norms after centuries of their own less-individualistic Japanese culture. With elements set in Nagasaki, not long after the A-bomb, it is perhaps not a surprise to find relationships and conversations somewhat alien to us and the characters unsympathetic. But this book is certainly intriguing as the author teases us with tiny clues along the way.

Unlike another reviewer, I found the narrator unable to cope with some basic requirements of a good audiobook - particularly with a poor range of harsh voices for the dialogue. This spoiled my enjoyment and probably led me to miss important connections in the story. Sadly it was too bad for me to attempt a second listen- a great shame.
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- T

One to listen to carefully, worth the effort.

The story plods along is a seemingly casual manner. Do not be deceived. There are hard punches at the end. Well worth listening to but pay attention! You will be rewarded! Brilliant performance too by the narrator. I loved this!
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- janien

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2014
  • Publisher: Canongate Faber Audio