An Artist Of The Floating World
It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War Two, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated artist, Masuji Ono, fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson; his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil...more
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After Japan lost the war, their cultural attitude shifted. Those clinging to imperialist ideas were often shunned and ostracized. There are scenes in the book in which Ono's former students actively distance themselves from him. He's respected as an institution of the past, but practically a pariah in the current world. Ono resents that the generation of young men whom he taught, who also created pro-imperialist propaganda, won't own up to their involvement. He has the luxury, being retired, of judging them, but their generation has to deny their involvement if they have any hope of respectable careers and lives in postwar Japan.
Then there's the next generation, that of Ono's grandson. Ichiro was born a few years before the end of the war. He's growing up in a world where Western culture is prevalent. He's obsessed with American television, movies, cartoons and comics. His generation is the product of a new culture, one to which Ono can't relate.
Japan went through a relatively quick period of dramatic change, its culture in flux, its generations split by dramatic cultural shifts. (less)
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 ...more
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 reader
Throughout the book, Masuji Ono, the protagonist, spe ...more
Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break
Until at last the bottom fell out.
No more water in the pail!
No more moon in the water!
Ishiguro's narrator is fooling himself for sure throughout his tale, but you almost believe him.
Some wonderfully graceful pacing, with the situations and pages melting into one another, which as one reviewer here remarked, makes a "floating world" all its own.
It sort of reminds me of the thing said about Flaubert's "Sentimental Education"- the main theme is largely heard in the background. For Flaubert it was revolutionary upheaval in mid ...more
With this my reading of Ishiguro's canon is complete. So he'd better be working on something new.
The novel is set in postwar Japan. The first person narrator, Mr. Ono, is a retired artist reflecting back on his career and life. He is widowed, and his son was killed in a minefield in Manchuria. He has two adult daughters and one grandson. As he explains his daughter Noriko's attempts to find a husband, we are first led to believe that her lack of success is simply a result of unfortunate timing; ...more
تدور هذه الرواية البديعة حول رسام متقاعد يعيش مع ابنته نوريكو ويقضي أيامه في البيت في إصلاح حديقة البيت يسترجع أيامه الماضية أثناء الحرب وما بعدها
لديه إيمانه الخاص بالمثل والقيم التي شكلت مبادئه الخاصة ومواقفه أثناء الحرب إلا أن بعض هذه المواقف وقفت حاجزا بين سعادة ابنته وبين المضي قدما في عالم متغير ، مع محاولات الرسام لتصحيح الأوضاع تتدفق ذكريات الماضي بحلوها ومرّها ، من خلال أحداث الرواية يستطلع القارىء على تفاصيل كثيرة بشأن الحياة في اليابان وعن فن الرسم وتأثيرات المعلمين ، عن المحاسبة الأخ ...more
An Artist of the Floating World is the fifth of Kazuo Ishiguro's works I've read. I've been gradually working my way through since last year. I only have A Pale View of the Hills and Remains of the Day Left. I'm saving Remains of the Day for last—as it's the one that bought him all the acclaim. I'm almost certain to be disappointed, I guess. I'd almost have to be.
But that's neither here nor there becaus ...more
يكتب كازو إيشيجورو عن التحولات في الفكر الياباني بعد الحرب, ورأي الشباب عن مسئولية الجيل القديم عن الحرب والهزيمة
من خلال فنان رسام متقاعد دعم الحرب وهو ما كان يؤمن به ويعتبره من الوطنية والنفع لبلده
لكن بتغيُر العالم واختلافه سياسيا وثقافيا, وبعد ما لحق باليابان من أذى الحرب, يُعيد تقييم مواقفه وأحداث حياته الماضية التي أثرت على حاضره وعلى علاقته ببناته
الكاتب يمر في الرواية على موضوعات مختلفة منها تأثر الشباب الياباني بالثقافة الأمريكية بع ...more
This narrative viewpoint is part of what makes this novel so striking. The sto ...more
"'He wasn't a bad man. He was just someone who worked very hard doing what he thought was for the best. But you see, Ichiro, when the war ended, things were very different. The songs Mr Naguchi composed had become very famous, not just in this city, but all over Japan. They were sung on the radio and in bars. And the likes of your Uncle Kenji sang them when they were marching or ...more
Basically, the main character Ono was a very talented and famous artist who painted pictures promoting (and possibly was involved with planning & carrying out) the changes in Japan before WW2... and now he's dealing with the guilt. Lots of other people wh ...more
It has got to be the intricacies and subtleties of the main character we only get to know a very little at a time, while he pieces together fragments of his past for us, almost reluctantly.
Of course, the difficulty is compounded by our meager Western understanding of Japan's imperialist bid on Asia cu ...more
Original post here.
The last time I read an Ishiguro was in April of last year - his Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall , which I thoroughly enjoyed. After that, I had been meaning to read this book as a follow-up, but despite having it included in several months' worth of reading lists (carried over from one on to the next), I finally gave up attempting to pick it up and focused on other authors and/or books in the meantime. The inspiration to read Ishiguro again will come sooner or ...more
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His first novel, A Pale View of Hills, won the 1982 Winifred Ho ...more