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On My Wishlist ( March 31, 2012

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On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where we list all the books we desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It’s also an event that you can join in with too – Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own ‘On My Wishlist’ post. If you want to know more click here.

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Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

 As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

Since reading A Pale View of Hills, I’ve been wanting to read more books by Kazuo Ishiguro. This particular book was recommended to me by a Goodreads friend. I don’t really plan on seeing the movie. I don’t often see movies based on books.

For example, I’m not particularly excited about seeing The Hunger Games movie even though I read and enjoyed the books. Since I did read the books over a year ago I suppose if I did see the movie I’d have to reread it. That might be a good excuse to see the movie.

I digress!

I’ve been meaning to buy a used copy of it but I’ve been spending all my money on art supplies so I haven’t gotten around to it. Hopefully I can afford it next month!

Do you like to see movies based on books?

Review: A Pale View of Hills March 30, 2012

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A Pale View of Hills

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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.

This is a tale of a woman who is haunted by the suicide of her daughter. She reminisces on a friendship she had with a woman and her daughter in her past. The end of the book will leave you breathless and wanting more.

I found parts of the book a bit confusing at times and I wondered what it had to do with the story. I promise those of you who haven’t read the book, it all makes sense in the end.

This is one of those books that makes you question your memory and how it colors what kind of person you are. It also makes you question how things will look once many years have passed. Will we want to start removing ourselves from the picture to give ourselves a more favorable view of who we are? Will we have a clear picture of what we’ve done or will we obscure the facts to make ourselves look better? Memory is a funny thing. Ishiguro will make you think and wonder about all of these things and more.

This was my first foray into the writings of Ishiguro but it won’t be my last.

Mailbox Monday (5) March 19, 2012

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A Pale View of  Hills 

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro is better known for his book, The Remains of the Day which was made into a Hollywood movie. Instead of starting out with that book, I decided to start off reading his works with A Pale View of Hills because it centers on  a Japanese woman. She is living in England and is struggling after the suicide of her daughter. It takes place right aftter World War II.

I hope to get to this book soon. Maybe as soon as this month. The whole book sounds very haunting and while it may not be his most popular book, I’m hoping his writing style will still prove to be excellent.