The Dialogue Society Book Group - Meeting 24: An Artist of the Floating World, By Kazuo Ishiguro

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:30 in Forthcoming

Venue: Central London
Date: Thursday, 19th September 2019
Time: 18:30-20:30


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Publisher's synopsis of An Artist of the Floating World, By Kazuo Ishiguro:

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.

About the Dialogue Society Book Group

The Dialogue Society Book Group explores the capacity of books to provide windows into different cultural and intercultural worlds. We will be choosing a series of quality novels to read and then to discuss together at relaxed, sociable gatherings at the Dialogue Society. Participants are welcome to suggest books for future sessions.

Participants will need to find a copy of the book chosen for each meeting and will need to read it prior to the meeting. Books will generally be available from local libraries.

Over refreshments we will have a conversation about the book and our responses to it. Discussion may cover:

  • the quality of the storytelling
  • the authenticity and accuracy with which a historical/cultural situation is portrayed
  • our personal responses to it

You do not need to be an expert on literature or anything else to join in. The group should be enjoyable for anyone who enjoys a good book and likes discovering new ones.

Prospective books for future sessions (NB we are open to suggestions)

  • Arab in America, by Toufic El Rassi
  • Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
  • Independent People, Halldor Laxness
  • Kokoro, Natsume Souseki
  • Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out, Mo Yan
  • My Sweet Orange Tree, José Mauro de Vasconcelos
  • Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Yokohama, California, Toshio Mori

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