Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Book - 2009
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One of the most celebrated writers of our time gives us his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character. A once-popular singer, desperate to make a comeback, turning from the one certainty in his life . . . a man whose unerring taste in music is the only thing his closest friends value in him . . . a struggling singer-songwriter unwittingly involved in the failing marriage of a couple he's only just met . . . a gifted, underappreciated jazz musician who lets himself believe that plastic surgery will help his career . . . a young cellist whose tutor promises to "unwrap" his talent . . . Passion or necessity-- or the often uneasy combination of the two-- determines the place of music in each of these lives. And as a result, these men and women find themselves at a moment of reckoning: sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes just eluding their grasp. In an exploration of love, need, and the ineluctable force of the past, Ishiguro reveals these individuals to us with extraordinary precision and subtlety, and with the arresting psychological and emotional detail that has marked all of his acclaimed and best-selling works of fiction.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307271020
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ishiguro
Characteristics: 221 p. ; 22 cm


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KCLSRecommends May 29, 2014

Beautiful, poetic short stories all related to music and musicians, including a washed up singer, a homely saxophonist and a Hungarian cellist, all primarily taking place in Venice. And all interlocking as in minor characters in some stories become the main protagonist in others. Charming!

Jul 29, 2012

Not recommended. A "quintet" of short stories about musicians, all at the point of reckoning.

Sep 11, 2011

I found this book unexciting and I could not handle the style of writing. After reading Never let me go by the same author, I expected more from this book, but I did not enjoy it as much. I think that were I bit older, I'd have appreciated this book a lot more. Kazuo Ishirguro's writing is very mature and so are the situations in his books. All the same, I could see why this book could be considered a beautiful masterpiece, I just did not experience that sort of satisfaction after reading this book.

Jun 16, 2011

In Nocturnes, Ishiguro offers a masterful collection of subtly linked short stories where minor characters in one story become major characters in the next. Like most of Ishiguro's work, each story has a horrible heartbreaking sorrow hidden beneath the surface. With masterful skill, Ishiguro dares us to peek beneath the surface and expose the sorrow. In these stories music embodies an ultimate beauty that is unreachable and contrasts darkly with the unhappy reality of life.

Mar 03, 2011

A gem ! A set of stories that are so touching - with characters and complex emotions exquisitely depicted. Something to savour, to reflect on, to learn from, to admire. Ishiguro is a master at depicting human emotion and complex, touching relationships.


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