Nocturnes

Nocturnes

Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Book - 2009
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In this sublime story cycle, Kazuo Ishiguro explores love, music and the passage of time. This quintet ranges from Italian piazzas to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the "hush-hush floor" of an exclusive Hollywood hotel. Along the way we meet young dreamers, café musicians and faded stars, all at some moment of reckoning. Gentle, intimate and witty,Nocturnesis underscored by a haunting theme: the struggle to restoke life's romance, even as relationships flounder and youthful hopes recede.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307397874
Branch Call Number: ISH
Characteristics: 221 p. ;,22 cm

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KCLSRecommends May 29, 2014

Beautiful, poetic short stories all related to music and musicians, including a washed up singer, a homely saxophonist and a Hungarian cellist, all primarily taking place in Venice. And all interlocking as in minor characters in some stories become the main protagonist in others. Charming!

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uncommonreader
Jul 29, 2012

Not recommended. A "quintet" of short stories about musicians, all at the point of reckoning.

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Riceyy
Sep 11, 2011

I found this book unexciting and I could not handle the style of writing. After reading Never let me go by the same author, I expected more from this book, but I did not enjoy it as much. I think that were I bit older, I'd have appreciated this book a lot more. Kazuo Ishirguro's writing is very mature and so are the situations in his books. All the same, I could see why this book could be considered a beautiful masterpiece, I just did not experience that sort of satisfaction after reading this book.

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kwsmith
Jun 16, 2011

In Nocturnes, Ishiguro offers a masterful collection of subtly linked short stories where minor characters in one story become major characters in the next. Like most of Ishiguro's work, each story has a horrible heartbreaking sorrow hidden beneath the surface. With masterful skill, Ishiguro dares us to peek beneath the surface and expose the sorrow. In these stories music embodies an ultimate beauty that is unreachable and contrasts darkly with the unhappy reality of life.

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AureliaReads
Mar 03, 2011

A gem ! A set of stories that are so touching - with characters and complex emotions exquisitely depicted. Something to savour, to reflect on, to learn from, to admire. Ishiguro is a master at depicting human emotion and complex, touching relationships.

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