An Artist of the Floating World

  • by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by David Case
  • 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of WWII, 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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Let down by narrator

The story is absorbing and thought-provoking; it's typical Ishiguro. However, the narrator inflects at random points and it sounds like he's asking a question at the end of most declarative sentences and it's really beginning to grate.
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- Miss

An effort but worth it.

In contrast to his other books this was hard work -maybe because of the culture and location not familiar to me, but the subtle vulnerability of a proud man - out of date and just realising his loss of power - was so delicately and beautifully demonstrated. I didn't really enjoy the narrator's querulous voice, but perhaps it was appropriate for the character.
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- Mandy Tout

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2014
  • Publisher: Canongate Faber Audio