Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
Gentle, intimate and witty, Nocturnes is unders...more
A nocturne is a “composition of a dreamy character, expressive of sentiment appropriate to evening or night”. 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.Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall is the first collection of short stories by the Japanese-English novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro. As the subtitle indicates, it is composed...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...more
Like a good symphony, every story is like a movement, which seems independent but which is in fact part of a greater whole.
Apparently simple melodies that actually hide sad, haunting stories of lonely and dissatisfied people and the opportunities life gives them to redeem...more
I think that Kazuo Ishiguro may share this feeling, even though, given that the term Nocturne when it started out simply meant a piece of music in several movements played by an ensemble at an evening party and that several of these stories revolve around ensembles playing music in the evenings, he may intend a simpler meaning. But I don’t think so. A character in one of the st...more
What I have not enc...more
I bought this the other day. Nice copy, hard cover, dust-jacket in good nick, a few Swiss francs, no more – everything to make the bookseller in me happy, not to mention the book collector, one being much the same as the other. I had to argue a bit along the way. You’ve read that. Have not. Have too. Have NOT!!! And I was right. Got home, checked shelves, have not read this. NOT NOT NOT. I’m right and you’re wrong, NYAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Last night I opened it - rest here:
With that in mind, I've found Nocturnes to be an immensely interesting collection, because during its five stories, I've never felt...more
'Nocturnos' es el primer libro de cuentos escrito por Ishiguro, que, como el subtítulo, están llenos de música y crepúsculo. La música es el hilo conductor de cada uno de los relatos, al igual que las decepciones y oportunidad...more
In each of those stories, something gets unraveled for each of the characters who collide with each other during that particular moment in their lives.... and of course all this happens to music, for music, because of music.
This is all tremendously lyrical albeit in...more
Ishiguro, also a guitarist and a former chorister, was winner of the Booker Prize for novel-turned-film, The Remains of the Day. The f...more
As is common with short story collections, I had mixed feelings (there are five stories in all).
I'm sure I must be missing some deep subtleties etc etc, but I find it hard to read a book properly when I don't particularly like the characters. In the middle stories (especially the 2nd & 3rd), I didn't warm to the majority of them - and so (personally) found reading some of it just irritating.
The first story was interestingly unusual, chock-full of atmosphere and sadness - and left me ponderin...more
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. I a...more
من امیدوارم زنت برگردد . واقعا امیدوارم . اما اگر برنگشت خوب تو باید به فکر اینده ات باشی . شاید زن فوق العاده ای باشد اما زندگی بزرگ تر از عاشق بودن است
My main gripe would be that all the stories are too similar. As well as the motifs of music and nightfall flagged by the title, there's several common theme...more
Nocturnos es mi primera incursión dentro del mundo de Kazuo Ishiguro. Aunque Never Let Me Go es su obra más conocida, quise experimentar primero con esta serie de relatos cortos por su enfoque musical y -obviamente- nocturno.
Y si bien es cierto que disfrute de alguna manera de estas historias, quedé algo decepcionado en términos generales, no porque sean malas, sino porque creo que están faltas de esencia y quedan flotando en el aire, sin concretar al 100...more
This suite of five stories hits all of Ishiguro's signature notes, but the shorter form mutes their impact. In Crooner, Tony Gardner, a washed-up American singer, goes sloshing through the canals of Venice to serenade his trophy wife, Lindy. The narrator, Jan, is a hired guitar player whose mother was a huge fan of Tony, but Jan's experience playing for Tony fractures his romantic ideals. Lindy returns in the title story, which finds her in a luxury hotel reserved for cel
Not that the stories are not beautiful. They are; there's something about the situations he seemed to be able to summon up at will - an aging singer and a young musician on the Venetian canals, a visiting friend and his host's wife on the terrace dancing to the music of their youth, a songwriter trying to write and sing his song on the hills of his c...more
Several of the short stories in this collection by and large delivered what I’d hoped for....more
Kazuo Ishiguro adopts a very simple easy flowing narrative mode in describing his stories. Each story revolves around musicians and a part of their life. In some way, you can even say that the stories have a musical flow with a certain melody attached to each.
While each story is interesting, I liked the first and the last most.
The first is set in Venice, an ideal setting for such music...more
Crooner (Two stars)
Janeck, the guitar player of the band playing outside the piazza spots someone in the crowd, sitting alone with his coffee: Tony Gardner, a star crooner, his mother's favorite back in the communist days. It turns out Tony...more
“Nocturnes” is a collection of short stories about music and night time. There are five stories, each slightly connected: Crooner, Come Rain or Come Shine, Malvern Hills, Nocturne, and Cellists.
Ishiguro received the 1989 Man Booker prize for his third novel...more