Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Book Talk Series

Encountering Asia, a three part book talk series sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council will begin at 6:30pm on September 14 with a discussion of An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. This is the story of an aritist as an aging man, struggling through the aftermath of World War II in Japan. The other two books in the series are Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden on October 5 and The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert VanGlick on November 9. Memoirs of a Geisha is the most familiar of the three stories and was made into a movie in 2005. The Chinese Gold Murders is the first in a series of Sherlock Holmes-like mysteries about Judge Dee who takes a magisterial post in the remote Chinese district of Peng-lai and must immediately begins investigating the murder of his predecessor, the disapperance of his chief clerk and the disappearance of the new bride of a wealthy local shipowner. All three books will be available to be checked out to participants in the book group. Participants my come to one or all of the talks. Sign up is required.


At 6:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been looking online for book discussion questions to ponder while reading "An Artist of the Floating World".

Do you know of a web site on this?

At 8:08 AM , Blogger Dayna said...

I was not able to find a formal book discussion guide on just this book , but here are some internet sites that may be of help:

Here is a nice page with general biographical information and a link to an interiew with the writer:
and here is another site with some literary criticism of all of Ishiguro's works:
and here too:

At 8:11 AM , Blogger Dayna said...

I am unable this morning to change the links in my comment message so that they will lead you directly to the website. I am going to post a message to our main page that will allow this.


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