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An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Mar 15, 2009

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bookshelves: 20th-century, british-fiction, historical-fiction, by-poc
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A gently told yet uncompromising novella, An Artist of the Floating World is the story of a Japanese artist in the years after the Second World War. Ishiguro tells a subtle tale of memory and legacy, of coming to terms with one's own mistakes and the world one has created for others. His narrator is as vague and unreliable as Stevens is in the later Remains of the Day, but here that narrative style didn't quite hit the political and societal notes with the same sharpness it would in the later novel. Overall, an interesting character study, and if you like Ishiguro's other novels, you will no doubt enjoy this one, too.
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