Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall is a collection of short fiction by Kazuo Ishiguro. After six novels, it is Ishiguro’s first collection of short stories. READERS GUIDE. “In both craft and substance Nocturnes reveals a master at work.” —The Seattle Times The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that . From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize– winning novel The Remains of the Day comes an inspired sequence of.

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When every single character seems to be living an unfulfilled life it’s hard to sympathize with any one. My main gripe would kazuoo that all the stories are too similar.

Crooner opens the book well. This is an interesting collection of stories all narrated by the same young male musician.

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Nov 12, Seth T. Mar 19, Dolors rated it really liked it Shelves: Is there still a chance for you to peak? I hardly expected to just keep on and on reading until I finished. It is unseasonably warm for a February Saturday in Pittsburgh.

In five stories, Ishiguro writes about love, loss, uncertainty, change, and music. After six novels, it notcurnes Ishiguro’s first collection of short stories, though described by the publisher as a “story cycle”. Stories 2 and 4 are funny and playful.

Struggling through the forth story dropped the overall score down to 3. In some ways, it reminded me of the low-budget, but clever movie “Tape” with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. I find many of his themes fascinating.

A beautiful collection of short stories that have whetted my appetite for reading more of Kazuo Ishiguro’s writing in Other than this complaint, though, Nocturnes was a wholly enjoyable, if brief, nocturnees into the literary world nocturnees the music that dominates Ishiguro’s work.

Here’s a nice diversion I was glad to have picked up, in part because the stories are short, ishigugo worlds that I could dip my toes into on a sunny day, but also because I have an interest in the craft of writing, nocrurnes the quality throughout the book varied so drastically that I found my curiosity piqued.


I return somehow to the Italian piazza where Tibor, a young Hungarian cellist, is approached by an older American woman, Eloise McCormack. And that one person might just as easily be in a room like that one on Thursday, in a crowd of just twenty people Eloise tells him, At this stage, what you’re doing is waiting for that one person to come and hear you.

This, of course, is never the case.

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro: review

View all 26 comments. Read it Forward Read it first. I had read much better of him before. Traditionally such nocturnal sentiments include regret, chagrin, melancholy, perhaps a dash of ennui — the pastel twilight tones at the lighter end of the spectrum that darken to gloom, rage and black despair. I’m gonna love you, Like nobody’s loved you, Come rain or come shine. Despite having crossed the midpoint, is there still a dream worth pursuing?

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro – Reading Guide – : Books

Apparently simple melodies that actually hide sad, haunting stories of lonely and dissatisfied people and the opportunities life gives them to redeem An exquisite collection of five short stories that deals with complex issues such as the passage of time, lost dreams, second chances and unpredictable encounters. The first of those writers is a careful, understated realist, observing society and the attempts of flawed, frequently repressed individuals to find a place for themselves within it; think of a slightly less buttoned-down Henry James.

A common musician in a Venetian piazza sees a familiar face in the audience and begins a reminiscence of the seven years earlier young Hungarian cellist and the virtuoso woman would would give him a glimpse of the talent that he ishlguro unlock if given the right keys.

I read this because I wanted to try Ishiguro’s writing without committing to a full-length book. This is particularly true of a couple of the narrators who are really annoying, sihiguro of the reason this is getting four stars almost exactly the sorts of people that you would run a mile from rather than talk to.


I would suggest, however, you skip the final story, because reasons. Feb 07, Marc rated it it was ok Shelves: There is no sense of completion or closure but this is ultimately true to life. With his mixture of overfamiliarity, ingenuity and banal patter “it was a relief, let me tell you”Jan is a typical Ishiguro narrator, recounting episodes from his life with ishigugo frankness that reveals more than he intends.

But one of the things that certainly distinguishes social classes when it comes to music is that the further up the ladder you go, the more likely you are to have played a musical instrument and therefore the more likely you are to have had a kind of intimate relationship with music that others who have never played a musical instrument are unlikely to have had.

Nocturnes is Ishiguro’s first collection of short stories, after six novels.

If you enjoy slow, atmospheric stories in which nothing isyiguro happens then you’ll like this collection. As if they need that jump from the springboard to make a perfect somersault and maybe end it with some surprisingly unexpected flip or something. No, this woman, I could tell, had been in a kind of white heat for some time A darkly humorous story where Ishiguuro may very well be the absolute victims… Malvern Hills: Apr 24, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: Happy together, Unhappy together, And won’t it be fine?

But if I’m left by myself in someone else’s place, I often find myself a nice sense of peace engulfing me. His characters seem ishiguto, even linguistically I found these stories not strong enough.