A Pale View of Hills Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Since Ishiguro's novels are often elliptical and require close reading, attention should be paid to even the most insignificant details and plot elements, which often turn out to resonate strongly in the larger story. General questions for group discussion might concern contrasts between old and new ways of doing and believing, and between England and Japan; questions on memory and the importance of the past to the present also seem to be important in Ishiguro's work.

1. Why does Etsuko remember the story of Mariko at this particular time?

How does it ultimately prove to be relevant to her situation?

2. What do we learn about Keiko?

Are we given sufficient information or would you like to learn more about her directly?

3. How would you describe or diagram the structure of the book? Does it seem to you to be effective?

4. What is the meaning of the title of the...

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