Kazuo Ishiguro Message Board
Greig Roselli posts on 1/1/2012
Greig Roselli has just written a review of When We Were Orphans which you can see here
Andrew Black posts on 1/1/2012
Andrew Black has just written a review of The Remains of the Day which you can see here
Anon posts on 2/15/2008 11:08:41 AM
I believe that Sachiko and Mariko are just imaginary characters that Etsuko has created in her mind. They basically represents herself and Keiko; in the novel we can find a lot of supporting evidence to conclude this. But of course, Ishiguro leaves the interpretation open to the readers.
Janes Carl del Rosario posts on 2/6/2008 10:10:39 PM
Etsuko and Sachiko... Mariko and Keiko... I think Etsuko has this 2 sides of her.. where one cares about the others and Sachiko being her personality as a woman who thinks only what's good for her such as: going to america and mariko doesn't want too because she says frank is a pig but sachiko says that mariko will get use to it.. read the parts about the bridge and the last chapter. where she said that keiko and etsuko went to inasa, where on the other part she was with sachiko and mariko. i think etsuko doesn't want to be the character who's bad so she use sachiko to describe her other self..
christian lindsey posts on 9/14/2005 1:29:39 PM
my question exactly. i think they're diffent people, but ultimately etsuko gets her wires crossed in her memories of keiko and mariko. there was the scene on the bridge you mention, and another one, i think initially describing the cottage, when points of view got flipped. i might have to read this one again.
Jessica Ordman posts on 9/2/2005 8:56:28 AM
Was Sachiko actually Etsuko and Mariko actually Keiko? There were many similarities that became evident at the end of the book (ex. Keiko and the cable cars). I was confused by the final scene when Etsuko goes to find Mariko because she began saying "WE" in regards to the move to America and also because she had that piece of rope around her foot from a previous scene. The time line confused me somewhat. Can anyone clarify?
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