365 views of Mt. Fuji: algorithms of the floating world
Curator Keizo Yukawa flees a dead-end job in Tokyo to head a new museum devoted to 365 paintings of Mt. Fuji - one for each day of the year - by the eccentric genius Takenoko. Takenoko died a hundred years ago, but his legacy of madness infects each member of the Ono family, who own the Views but disagree about almost everything. Yukawa's manipulation by the Onos and his fascination with an algorithmically controlled daughter lead to many strange happenings and his ultimate disintegration. Threadlike character "bytes" and hundreds of Hokusai-inspired illustrations suggest the nonlinear world below the high-tech veneer of a modern Japan that is increasingly, dangerously fragmented.
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365 Views of Mt. Fuji by Todd Shimoda (illustrated by L. J. C. Shimoda) This unusual book truly captured my interest. I read it in amazement. Its format, with several different plot lines on each page, and its illustrations, took me by surprise. (I bought it soon after its publication in 1998 and wrote a note of appreciation to its publisher, Stone Bridge Press. Later I did a presentation based on it to a books group.) Although the story is set in modern Japan, where Keizo Yukawa finds his new job as curator has unexpected complications, Shimoda also chronicles events of the early 19th century. Then an artist, Takenoko, painted a view of Mt. Fuji every day for a year. Yukawa and his employers (the remarkably complicated Onos family) live in our world. Artist Takenoko, dead more than a hundred years, lives again in this book. Each page of this large formatted book has a sprinkling of illustrations and comments (much livelier than footnotes!) The pictures by L. J. C. Shimoda enrich the text. Truly it is a book to become immersed in. It repays readers for the time invested.
Review: 365 Views of Mt. Fuji: Algorithms of the Floating WorldUser Review - Karol K - Goodreads
Not my cup of tea. I did find the artist story interesting. The rest was confusing for me. Not into fiction anyway, sorry. Read full review
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