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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro. One of the most celebrated writers of our time gives us his first cycle of short fiction: A once-popular singer, desperate to make a comeback, turning from the one certainty in his life.

A man whose unerring noctuurnes in music is the only thing his closest friends value in h One of the ishigurp celebrated writers of our time noctrnes us his first cycle of short fiction: A man whose unerring taste in music is the only thing his closest friends value in him. A gifted, underappreciated jazz musician who lets himself believe that plastic surgery will help his career.

Passion or necessity—or the often uneasy combination of the two—determines the place of music in each of these lives.

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And, in one way or another, music delivers each of them to a moment of reckoning: Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Nocturnesplease sign up.

Which story was your favorite? Cellists was mine because of the type of love. I feel it was the most natural. While I enjoyed them all, I liked Crooner best. It gave me pause, because it took a direction I didn’t expect. See 2 questions about Nocturnes…. Lists with This Book. A writer whose work we choose to revisit once we feel that nothing is as it should be.

This is a period which has taken a significant toll on me on a number of levels. Kazuo Ishiguro and his tender, sensitive, hopeful writing felt like a suitable choice. It goes without saying that this collection is one of my favourite creations by this master of Literature. In five stories, Ishiguro writes about love, loss, uncertainty, change, and music. As the beautiful title of this collection reveals, these are stories centered around musicians and the turning point in their lives.

The crucial moments noctirnes each story take place during evenings filled with memory, sadness and the glimpse of a fragile hope that everything may actually become whole again. Just because we isshiguro, apparently… Crooner: In Venice, a musician from a country of the former Iron Curtain meets an American singer.


A story of memories, aspirations, and disappointments. Come Rain or Come Shine: A darkly humorous story where CDs may very well be the absolute victims… Malvern Hills: An underachieving musician is advised to consider a plastic surgery to become more handsome He meets a famous woman whose nocturnal escapades in their hotel provide a chance for contemplation and a possible moment of realization regarding fame and vanity.

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro: review

A young Hungarian musician meets a beautiful cellist. But nothing is as it seems. This was my favourite story in the collection, its ending almost brought tears to my eyes. Couples are dancing under the summer nightly sky, they explore hotels in the middle of the night, they try to regain confidence in themselves and the others.

Some succeed, some fail. Love and music go hand-in-hand. Nightfall is the most suitable chaperone for both.

View all 26 comments. This book is based on 5 short stories, which are all about music and musicians. In comparison to his novels you can see a completely different side of the author, but I have to say that his other literature and Romans are on higher level. In this other side, I did not get closer to Ishiguro. His characters seem artificial, even linguistically I found these stories not strong enough. I had read much better of him before.

View all 13 comments. May 26, Bookdragon Sean rated it liked it Shelves: The music of the past will always remain in the past. In the future new notes can and will be played. Ishiguro explores the themes of love and loss. In letting go of the past, one can move forward and embrace new things.

Getting stuck is detrimental, and sometimes love is forsaken foolishly? So this collection of stories is deep and, at times, deeply moving. The first few had a haunting like effect. They played on my minds for days, as I imagined what I would do in The music of the past will always remain in the past.

They played on my minds for days, as I imagined what I would do in such a situation. Central to each one was a failure or a misjudgement; the relationships break down in each case because of an over concern with image or societal success. Lovers become disenchanted, husbands become inadequate and wives become intolerable.

Achievements or lack thereof are placed above individuality, character and personal feelings. Music is used to show alternate roads characters could have taken; it triggers memories and feelings often repressed and forgotten. By exploring such themes Ishiguro weaves five very individual stories together but some are very forced. Granted, some were more successful than others and each was told with an eloquence of expression only masterful prose writers can achieve.


That being said though, the themes were pushed to breaking point. Seemingly, it was like the stories were stretched around the ideas behind them rather than the writing being produced with a sense of naturalness.

This book could have been great, but the writing shies just short of such a thing.

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Ishiguro can, and has, done much better in the past. View all 4 comments. Oct 15, Esther rated it it was ok. I have a problem with Kazuo Ishiguro. I can’t figure out why I didn’t like it more. Despite his deceivingly simple prose I am very aware of his tremendous skill.

I find many of his themes fascinating. I am sufficiently interested in his characters to keep on reading. I admire his resistance against easy resolutions or explicative characterizations. I marvel at his ability to create moments that are truly fu I have a problem with Kazuo Ishiguro. I marvel at his ability to create moments that are truly funny or touching or absurd without overplaying those moments. But his words don’t bubble in my brain days after I’ve consumed them. The people in his stories seem like interesting strangers who pique my curiosity only for the length of time that they are in front of me.

I don’t doubt their authenticity as real people but I don’t necessarily want to form long-term relationships with them. Something seems to keep me from fully connecting. One of his favorite themes seems to be denial. The way we deny our own mortality, the realities of the life we lead, the disconnect between our own grand perception of ourselves and our lowly stations in the eyes of the world. Fascinating stuff, I think, and aptly realized in these stories yet at the conclusion of each I invariably think, “so what?

Perhaps the problem is that denial and impotence are so omnipresent in the worlds he creates. When every single character seems to be living an unfulfilled life it’s hard to sympathize with any one. Perhaps the only iehiguro I can appreciate Ishiguro is to take his ideas outside of the world of his stories, to leave behind the stories altogether, and consider them in another way that is meaningful to me.

But to do that would contradict my belief in what stories, and fiction writers, should kkazuo. Like I said, it’s my problem. View all 19 comments. Mar 05, Jr Bacdayan rated it liked it. Life’s disappointments have never been chronicled in a more elegant manner. The stories feel like dreams.