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Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Jun 22, 2010

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bookshelves: east-and-aussie, fiction
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Ishiguro is liquid. Can I say it like that? There is not a single thing in these stories where his writing isn't compatible with how a great beginning or the end of a story should look like. Or how a story should interestingly develop and how characters should be engaging and how... These nocturnes are almost perfect, and yet, they are somehow not.

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 am way into artistic gymnastic patter. I liked reading these stories, but I didn't really like reading them.

In the most sterile way, it felt like I was reading some nicely written manual about how a good written story should be. Which basically they are. Maybe Ishiguro is already that perfectly attuned writer that even when he burps, he is already nominated for an award winning body sound, nevertheless, when he writes something.
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