Literary Techniques

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Like A Pale View of Hills, this novel is driven by the memory of a narrator thinking back over his life, but there are several differences in...

(The entire section is 183 words.)

Ideas for Group Discussions

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Since Ishiguro's novels are often elliptical and require close reading, attention should be paid to even the most insignificant details and...

(The entire section is 262 words.)

Social Concerns

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Masuji Ono, the narrator of this novel, allowed his artistic talents to be used in support of the imperialistic goals of the Japanese...

(The entire section is 88 words.)


(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Gurewich, David. “Upstairs, Downstairs.” The New Criterion 8 (December, 1989): 77-80.

Ishiguro, Kazuo. Interview by Gregory Mason. Contemporary Literature 30 (Fall, 1989): 335-347.

Mason, Gregory. “Inspiring Images: The Influence of the Japanese Cinema on the Writings of Kazuo Ishiguro.” East-West Film Journal 3 (June, 1989): 39-52.

Petry, Mike. Narratives of Memory and Identity: The Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro. New York: Peter Lang, 1999.

Shaffer, Brian. Understanding Kazuo Ishiguro. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998.

Sim, Wai-chew. Globalization and Dislocation in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.

Stanton, Katherine. Cosmopolitan Fictions: Ethics, Politics, and Global Change in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro, Michael Ondaatje, Jamaica Kincaid, and J. M. Coetzee. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Walkowitz, Rebecca. Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond Nation. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Wong, Cynthia. Kazuo Ishiguro. Tavistock, Devon, England: Northcote House, 2000.

Yoshioka, Fumio. “Beyond the Division of East and West: Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills.” Studies in English Literature, 1988, 71-86.

Literary Precedents

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

With Ono's narration, Ishiguro again employs a character sifting through the facts of his life to reach an answer, a mainstay of a great deal...

(The entire section is 189 words.)

Related Titles

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

An Artist of the Floating World, like A Pale View of Hills and The Remains of the Day (1989) examines the themes of loyalty, blind obedience,...

(The entire section is 50 words.)