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An Artist of the Floating World

Narrated by: David Case
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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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; 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.

©1986 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2014 Faber Audio

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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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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hard work -maybe because of the culture and location not familiar to me, but the subtle vulnerability of a proud man - out of date and just realising his loss of power - was so delicately and beautifully demonstrated.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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Bad narrator

Very jarring voice. Keeps ending sentences with an upward inflection as if it were a question. Can’t say much about story - I’ve given up on the narrator

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Narration distracting

The upper class English accent -and phrasing of the narrator makes it hard for me to listen and enjoy the story. After 1 hour of listening I am giving up. I will not buy books narrated by this narrator anymore. A pity...

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Struggled with this

I don't think we were supposed to like the narrator. This wasn't helped dy David Case's narration.

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  • 25-05-18

Great Story

Loved it and was sad to end..the image of the Bridge of hesitation has stuck...beautiful insights to another culture