An Artist of the Floating World
It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War II, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated painter Masuji Ono fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson, and his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil retirement. But as his memories continually return to the past - to a life and a career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism - a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bergs47 - LibraryThing
I'm at pain to ask how Ishiguro ever got a Noble prize for literature?. If the powers that be wanted to give a Japanese writer the prize , they should have looked no further than Haruki Murakami. In ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Lemeritus - LibraryThing
Ono's reflections - like our own ruminations - swing from self-congratulatory to increasingly self-critical, an arc made more profound against the backdrop of war and ultimate cultural upheaval. Ishiguro walks us patiently through both the ruins and the renaissance. Read full review