A Pale View of the Hills

PVH

Kazuo Ishiguro

First Sentence:     Niki, the name we finally gave my youngest daughter, is not an abbreviation; it was a compromise I reached with her father.

Back of the book:

In his highly acclaimed debut, 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 night 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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Last Sentence:     I smiled and waved to her

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