An Artist of the Floating World

What is the author's style in An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro?

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An Artist of the Floating World is narrated in straightforward language that is nonetheless influenced by Japanese culture. The dialogue between characters is exceedingly formal and deferential, even the conversations between father and daughter. The level of self-abasement and humility is unusual to a western ear, and it demonstrates the respect the Japanese for status and for authority. There is an almost ritualistic aspect to much of this conversation, as people with authority will always receive compliments from inferiors, who will not recognize any praise in turn.