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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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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hard work -maybe because of the culture and location not familiar to me, but the subtle vulnerability of a proud man - out of date and just realising his loss of power - was so delicately and beautifully demonstrated.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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Although Artist of the Floating World is not as plot-driven as most books, I thoroughly enjoyed its atmosphere and prose.
Unfortunately the narrator was a let down. There was strange inflection and inconsistent pronunciation of Japanese names/honorifics.
At times the narrator's voice became unexpectedly hoarse, which was also unpleasant.
not much happening here in terms of interesting writing. just a narrative, with a small level of interest in fallible, self denying narrator. I quit.