Tuesday, July 24, 2007

#45 - A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro is a British author of Japanese descent who was born in Nagasaki, Japan. Most of the story in A Pale View of Hills takes place in Nagasaki. A Japanese woman mourns her daughter who committed suicide, as she also remembers life in Nagasaki after the bombing in World War II.

Ishiguro's writing style makes this such a colorful and emotional book. But, he also leaves some of the discovery up to the reader. The plot seems simple, until you've read to the end and discover that the story was much deeper than you thought.

This is an enjoyable and very thought provoking book. It gives a peek into Japanese culture, and the changes Japan has gone through since the end of the war. Some facets of Japanese culture were lost, and older citizens had trouble accepting modern beliefs and culture.

I really enjoyed this book! It's one of those stories that has subtle plot twists that leave you pondering even after you've read the last page. :)

50 Book Challenge 2007: 25/50


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