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Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Mar 20, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

A very fine collection of five short stories, all revolving around music and, as in all of Kazuo Ishiguro's books, loneliness. As always, he is a master of restraint, which does not diminish the pathos of the stories, on the contrary!
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 a very understated way.
Ishiguro is such a master of subtlety that I find it very difficult to write about his stories. I think it all has to do with how challenging it is to capture the mood of his story, as it is really the mood of each segment of the book, rather than its plot, that stays behind and clings to the memory...

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