[Epub] An Artist of the Floating World By Kazuo Ishiguro – Bassgrotto.co.uk



10 thoughts on “An Artist of the Floating World

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    Did you ever wonder what it was like in Japan after its defeat in WW II So here we are in Japan in 1947 Our main character, an older man and an artist, lost his wife in a stray bomb that also destroyed much of his home, and he also lost his only son in the war But he still has two daughters one married with a son, and one trying to get married, but she s getting a bit old for that time and culture she s past her mid 20 s.Japan was occupied by the United States, of course, and we imposed our Did you ever wonder what it was like in Japan after its defeat in WW II So here we are in Japan in 1947 Our main character, an older man and an artist, lost his wife in a stray bomb that also destroyed much of his home, and he also lost his only son in the war But he still has two daughters one married with a son, and one trying to get married, but she s getting a bit old for that time and culture she s past her mid 20 s.Japan was occupied by the United States, of course, and we imposed our systems on them everything from our politics to baseball Some Japanese adopted the American values wholeheartedly His grandson, fascinated by the Lone Ranger and Popeye, exemplifies this, as well as eventually his two sons in law, both 80 hour work week type corporate guys Others see the country run by greedy businessmen and their political lackeys, and conspire to bring back the old ways and even the Emperor There is growing urban poverty in Japan not just from the devastation but from the wave or migr...


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    Second reading The gist of this novel is the narrator s culpability for his patriotic actions during the war with the U.S Set in a suburb of Tokyo during the American occupation, the narrator, Masuji Ono, is now surrounded by those who blame him for Japan s disastrous gamble on war and those like himself Ono s generation was that of...


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    Rereading this novel I felt that the award of the 2017 Nobel prize for Literature to Ishiguro was a very safe choice.In one way Ishiguro s books are not very interesting, the narrator might be unreliable or limited, there is a concern for memory and the role of a creative intelligence in understanding and reinterpreting the past, there are issues of guilt and responsibility, and love And one can find these elements in book after book ...


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    If you ve already read The Remains of the Day, chances are your enjoyment of An Artist of the Floating World will be greatly curtailed And that is the sheer tragedy of this book.Replace Stevens with Masuji Ono Replace a tottering England with a war ravaged, financially unstable Japan and insert Ishiguro s penchant for allegory And TADA you have An Artist of the Floating World.This book had potential to be a very emotionally charged commentary on a nation rebuilding itself from its charred at If you ve already read The Remains of the Day, chances are your enjoyment of An Artist of the Floating World will be greatly curtailed And that is the sheer tragedy of this book.Replace Stevens with Masuji Ono Replace a tottering England with a war ravaged, financially unstable Japan and insert Ishiguro s penchant for allegory And TADA you have An Artist of the Floating World.This book had potential to be a very emotionally charged commentary on a nation rebuilding itself from its charred atomic bombed remains and reflecting on the flawed ideologies of it...


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    An Artist of the Floating World is a nice pleasant read Although Ishiguro had not lived through this period and lives in England, he evokes the languid rhythms of life in post war Japan with panache His protagonist addresses the reader in the second person over the entire book, telling us of his career as a propagandistic artist of pre war Imperial Japan and his retirement There is a marked similarity between Oji and the protagonist of The Remains of the Day, in that each had acted in morally An Artist of the Floating World is a nice pleasant read Although Ishiguro had not lived through this period and lives in England, he evokes the languid rhythms of life in post war Japan with panache His protagonist addresses the reader in the second person over the entire book, telling us of his career as a propagandistic artist of pre war Imperial Japan and his retirement There is a marked similarity between Oji and the protagonist of The Remains of the Day, in that each had acted in morally ambiguous ways based on belief and their actions indirectly led to the atrocities of WWII in the two different theaters of Europe and Asia Ishiguro invokes the Edo period of Tokyo although the city is never named directly and the d...


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    Set in Japan right after WW2, Masuji Ono, a retired artist, looks back on his life and career from when he was a celebrated painter in the pre war years to the social pariah he now is in the post war years thanks to his ties to imperialist Japan Doesn t sound like much of a story, does it It isn t I remember really enjoying Kazuo Ishiguro s The Remains of the Day, so much so that I read it twice, so I don t know why I ve never read anything else by the guy I decided to pick up the novel he w Set in Japan right after WW2, Masuji Ono, a retired artist, looks back on his life and career from when he was a celebrated painter in the pre war years to the social pariah he now is in the post ...


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    And if on reaching the foot of the hill which climbs up to my house, you pause at the Bridge of Hesitation and look back towards the remains of our old pleasure district, if the sun has not yet set completely, you may see the line of old telegraph poles still without wires to connect them disappearing into the gloom down the route you have just come, And you may be able to make out the dark clusters of birds perched uncomfortably on the tops of the poles, as though awaiting the wires alongAnd if on reaching the foot of the hill which climbs up to my house, you pause at the Bridge of Hesitation and look back towards the remains of our old pleasure district, if the sun has not yet set completely, you may see the line of old telegraph poles still without wires to connect them disappearing into the gloom down the route you have just come, And you may be able to make out the dark clusters of birds perched uncomfortably on the tops of the poles, as though awaiting the wires along which t...


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    I thought Kazuo Ishiguro was not one of the authors who do not rewrite themselves This book proved me wrong He is like many other authors who write at least two novels with similar plot, themes and even characters They just change some aspects of the novel like settings, climax or maybe the names of the places and people I was disappointed but the disappointment was not enough for me to give this 1 star because the book still has all those Ishiguro s trademarks that made me fall in love with I thought Kazuo Ishiguro was not one of the authors who do not rewrite themselves This book proved me wrong He is like many other authors who write at least two novels with similar plot, themes and even characters They just change some aspects of the novel like settings, climax or maybe the names of the places and people I was disappointed but the disappointment was not enough for me to give this 1 star because the book still has all those Ishiguro s trademarks that made me fall in love with his books subtle, delicate and intricate writing Still a worthy of money and time especially for his...


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    After reading Never Let Me Go, I swore that I would readof Ishiguro s work It was fate that I ran across An Artist of the Floating World at my Library The novel isn t a particularly long one coming in at a mere 206 pages It was a breeze to get through.I m noticing that with Ishiguro s narrators so far, the tone is very conversational Throughout this book, the protagonist Masuji Ono, a retired artist, speaks intimately to the readerThroughout the book, Masuji Ono, the protagonist, spe After reading Never Let Me Go, I swore that I would readof Ishiguro s work It was fate that I ran across An Artist of the Floating World at my Library The novel isn t a particularly long one coming in at a mere 206 pages It was a breeze to get through.I...


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An Artist of the Floating World An Alternate Cover For This ISBN Can Be Found Here.In The Face Of The Misery In His Homeland, The Artist Masuji Ono Was Unwilling To Devote His Art Solely To The Celebration Of Physical Beauty Instead, He Put His Work In The Service Of The Imperialist Movement That Led Japan Into World War II Now, As The Mature Ono Struggles Through The Aftermath Of That War, His Memories Of His Youth And Of The Floating World The Nocturnal World Of Pleasure, Entertainment, And Drink Offer Him Both Escape And Redemption, Even As They Punish Him For Betraying His Early Promise Indicted By Society For Its Defeat And Reviled For His Past Aesthetics, He Relives The Passage Through His Personal History That Makes Him Both A Hero And A Coward But, Above All, A Human Being.