An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World

Paperback - 2013
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A Japanese artist looks back on his life in this celebrated and prize-winning novel.
Publisher: London :, Faber,, 2013
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9780571283873
Branch Call Number: FIC ISH
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 20 cm


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Sep 04, 2018

The earlier version of "Remains of the Day" but with a less satisfying ending.

theorbys Dec 10, 2013

Well written and interesting, especially for people like myself who regularly read Japanese literature (even if this is from England). It's subtle but not very strong. I don't know if I will read any more Ishiguro, maybe.

Jun 11, 2013

An elderly master painter looks back upon his life and his involvement in the war. A book of remorse in the end tinged with hopefulness and the ability of the human spirit to recover.

samutavi Oct 03, 2012

The language of this novel is so graceful. The protagonist is clearly rendered, but the strokes are abstract. It is the story of an artist that reads like a painting. That last sentence may not make sense outside of my own head, but it is exactly how I felt reading this book. Lovely.

Jan 31, 2012

True to Ishiguro's style, the novel is told in a foggy first-person narrative full of regret, honesty, doubt, and self-deception. Although the narrator is unreliable, the drastic changes in pre-war and post-war Japan are skillfully depicted.


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Jan 31, 2012

"The best things, he always used to say, are put together of a night and vanish with the morning. What people call the floating world, Ono, was a world Gisaburo knew how to value."

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