Book Review of An Artist of the Floating World (Vintage International)

An Artist of the Floating World (Vintage International)
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Helpful Score: 3


Very well written. Ishiguro's first novel. "An Artist of the Floating World" (1986) explores Japanese national attitudes to the Second World War through the story of former artist Masuji Ono, haunted by his military past. It won the Whitbread Book of the Year award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction."

Set initially in late 1940's Japan, the older artist's larger story is revealed gradually through flashbacks to his younger glory days in pre-war Japan. Depending on your reading taste Ishiguro's style is either nuanced and purposeful, or "slow". If you like period literature, Ishiguro's precise focus on relationships and character should appeal to you. Conveys a great deal in only 200 pages.

"Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, on 8 November 1954. He came to Britain in 1960 and was educated at a grammar school for boys in Surrey."