I was a big fan of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro so was delighted to receive An Artist of the Floating World as an unexpected Christmas present.
This story is so elegant and really strengthens my excitement for my forthcoming trip to Japan.
The narrator, Ono, tells his story of pre war Japan which is has played some sort of political role as an artist. His past actions are confronted in his retirement day as he tries to arrange a marriage for one of his two daughters. As a reader one can learn so much about Japanese culture and the social niceties in comparison of that of the Western world. I loved dipping in and out of this book and thought it was just lovely!
Next read is The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen – it has been on my reading list and I managed to get it from Amazon for a bargain price of £1.60!!!
Oh what a delight to find this in the library! The Angel’s Game is the prequel to the unbelievably fabulous The Shadow of the Wind (which I read from start to finish in Havana airport when my plane was delayed).
This second novel is once again beautifully translated and you can’t help but get quickly wrapped up in the story. The main character is an author, David Martin. He soon is approached by a mysterious character to write a secret book and thus doing so his life unravels as he is framed for murky murders. There are numerous plots within plots which often led me to read long after I should have turned the lights off. I thoroughly enjoyed the book however it doesn’t quite match the love I have for The Shadow in the Wind.
I’m really looking forward to Zafon’s next story in the cycle The Prisoner of Heaven. However next on my list is An Artist of the Floating World by the great Kazuo Ishiguro.