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User Review  - MickyFine - LibraryThing

In Japan after the decimation of WWII, the country is beginning to rebuild itself and Masuji Ono, a retired painter, fills his days with his house and garden, his two adult daughters, and spends his ... Read full review

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User Review  - jmoncton - LibraryThing

A beautiful story of post WWII Japan that revolves around an artist who created art that served as pro-war propaganda to convince the nation towards aggression. The writing was poetically crafted. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - suniru - LibraryThing

An Artist of the Floating World is a skilled piece of writing. The central issues of the novel are illuminated by backgrounds. What is not said can be more important than what is. For so few characters the scope of the story is huge and generational. Really impressive. Read full review

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User Review  - sbsolter - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this short early novel by Ishiguro. It is a quiet book, not that much action, but beautiful in its way. I'm not sure how I feel about unreliable narrators in general, but Ishiguro does them very well and this book is no exception. Read full review

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

A blurb on the back calls this book "courtly and precise." I agree, but also found it a little lifeless and dull. It did open a world to me that I had never considered, though. I think the best thing about it is the title. Read full review

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

This is story about a change in cultural attitudes. After World War II many things are different for artist Masuji Ono. At the very simplest, his grandson idolizes the Lone Ranger and Godzilla instead ... Read full review

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User Review  - browner56 - LibraryThing

Masuji Ono, retired and living in Japan shortly after the end of World War II, is reflecting on the course of his life. Once a celebrated painter who devoted his art to the imperialist regime before ... Read full review

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User Review  - SqueakyChu - LibraryThing

Following World War II, Masuji Ono, father of two grown daughters, slowly reflects on his life as an artist though he is now retired. Setsuko, the older of his daughters is married with one son ... Read full review

Review: An Artist of the Floating World

User Review  - Barry Pierce - Goodreads

There's enjoyable monotony and then there's monotonous monotony. This novel falls into the latter category. Disappointingly. I personally think Ishiguro suffers the sophomore struggle with this novel ... Read full review

Review: An Artist of the Floating World

User Review  - Goodreads

There's enjoyable monotony and then there's monotonous monotony. This novel falls into the latter category. Disappointingly. I personally think Ishiguro suffers the sophomore struggle with this novel ... Read full review


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