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This is the story of an artist as an aging man, struggling through the wreckage of Japan's World War II experience. Ishiguro's first novel.
©1986 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2012 Random House Audio

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  • Emeritus
  • 03/11/2017

An incongruous reader

Of course one wants to read Ishiguro in part because of the Nobel Prize but this quiet book about the post war Japanese "reckoning" with the past is very hard to listen to because I think the choice of the reader was completely wrong. The main character's "voice" is a deep breathy upper class English one which is not at all the voice I heard through reading the book. I have no idea why he was chosen but it ruined the book for me. Ishiguro writes in English but this story is about Japan and Audible should have done more work on trying to match the reader to the character.

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  • Douglas
  • 24/04/2016

I liked this one nearly as much...

as The Remains Of The Day. Because it has all the same elements: an aging character reflecting back on a world which he must now leave for a new and changing time, a well-crafted little world and characters simple but so incredibly recognizable.

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  • John
  • 11/02/2013

Interesting First-Person Narrative

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand better Ishiguro's world. This book explores the difficulty of evaluating the past (especially one's own past) because of the complexity of human motivation and the social and historical forces influencing the decisions people make.

What other book might you compare An Artist of the Floating World to and why?

There are similar themes in The Remains of the Day, especially the theme of self-delusion.

If you could rename An Artist of the Floating World, what would you call it?

The Bridge of Hesitation

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/03/2015

as beautiful as a japanese painting.

a beautiful shiort novella (206 pages) with delightful characters. there's just enough of the japanese culture for us westerners to understand it but not so much to loose us in it.

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  • Lia
  • 26/02/2016

Poor Performance

The reader butchers the pronunciation of all Japanese words and names, and downright offense attempts at relaying the voices of children and females.

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  • gsd99dde
  • 07/08/2018

Profoundly boring

I really wanted to like it, and I stayed with it, but... ultimately quite dull, despite the intriguing topic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/04/2020

Not quite “Remains of the Day”

Enjoyed the revelry of the narrator as he comes to terms with a changing Japan after WWII and his part in it. His coming to terms with new generations’ viewpoints and interactions with Western society are timeless. Only difficulty is keeping up with characters given similar names and number of them. Also, the British narrator and British nationality of author had me confused as to the setting for the first hour.

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  • Tina
  • 20/02/2020

too bad

i absolutley love david case and will listen to books just because they are narrated by him. sadly i could not get into this one at all. i could not tell you anything about this story even dough i finished it. too bad

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  • Marcelo Gattass
  • 14/07/2018

Interesting cultural background pre and post war

Japan male domimant society struggling to modernize and move on from its war crimes im China.