An Artist of the Floating World

by Kazuo Ishiguro | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 057114716x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Heaven-Ali of Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on 9/19/2011
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, September 19, 2011
This has been on my TBR for about 2 years, I never seem to want to read it - and so it's time to move it on.

Journal Entry 2 by Heaven-Ali at BCUK Unconvention 2011 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (9/23/2011 UTC) at BCUK Unconvention 2011 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 3 by hon-no-tomo at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Sunday, September 25, 2011
It's now with me.

Journal Entry 4 by hon-no-tomo at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
A great book. The style reminded me of the Dutch novel "The Dinner" in that it starts innocent enough with the main character talking about a visit of his daughter and over the space of almost 2 years in interwoven flashbacks his story expands and reveals darker layers underneath.

Journal Entry 5 by hon-no-tomo at The Long Stone Pub (OBCZ) in Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, November 16, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (11/16/2015 UTC) at The Long Stone Pub (OBCZ) in Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland

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Journal Entry 6 by davidg666 at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
picked up at the November 2015 BCie meetup

Journal Entry 7 by davidg666 at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Sunday, April 17, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (4/18/2016 UTC) at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland

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Releasing at April 2016 BCie monthly meetup.

Quite good, but possibly not as accomplished or diverse as many of Ishiguro's later works.

Journal Entry 8 by Chania at Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Monday, May 02, 2016
Took this home on my holiday in Dublin - I've read some books by Ishiguro, and this looks like interesting - I already started it.

Journal Entry 9 by Chania at Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Thursday, May 05, 2016
Quite a serious story, with little glimpses of joy or at least some happiness. I liked the atmosphere and the quietness of the book.

Journal Entry 10 by Chania at Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Monday, June 27, 2016
To Annimanni!

Journal Entry 11 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, July 01, 2016
I love Ishiguro! Thanks very much :)

Journal Entry 12 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, August 17, 2018
Well, I still love Ishiguro, but this novel is definitely my least favourite among his works. The story just didn't grab me at all (I found it boring to be honest), the writing didn't strike me as particularly smooth or skilful (which would be a prerequisite for a novel of this kind to engage me as a reader) and I disliked the narrator to the extent that I almost gave up on the book midway through. I know this book's received both awards and acclaim but it just wasn't my cup of tea :(

Journal Entry 13 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Friday, August 31, 2018
This book arrived a few days ago. Thank you for sending it out to me, Annimanni!

Indeed, the middle part of the book is loose. Not sure if it's still crossable after I've read it.

Journal Entry 14 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Friday, August 31, 2018
Short contents:
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 retirement. But as his memories continually return to the past - to a life and career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism - a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.

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