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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Beyond that, the characters and scenarios sometimes verged on unbearably kazui. Come Rain or Shine: Here’s a nice diversion I was glad to have picked up, in part because the stories are short, pleasant worlds that I could dip my toes into on a sunny day, but also because I have an interest in the craft of writing, and the quality throughout the book varied so drastically that I found my curiosity piqued.

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They may even feel like non-endings to some readers. See all books by Kazuo Ishiguro.

I had at first toyed with the idea that Ishiguro was again playing with the unreliable narrator who believed his actions entirely rational while the world around him marveled at his apparent madness, but the dialogue of the other two characters doesn’t really support this. And, in one way or another, music delivers each of them to a moment of reckoning: And that last one maybe not even so much because of its quality but then again, maybe sobut more due to the fact that it just doesn’t fit well within the edifice that Ishiguro has constructed.

She cannot actually play the instrument at all. It is an achingly romantic gesture in which Janeck discovers the ache, rather than the romance, predominates. This is one of the stories that cracked me up.


Not to make too great a claim for the book, but like Finnegans Wake it seemed to represent an end rather than a beginning, a playing out of an ultimately sterile—if fascinating—logic. The reason for this is not what one might expect view spoiler [it’s their last holiday before they divorce, so he can make a come-back hide spoiler ]. An exquisite collection of five short stories that deals with complex issues such as the passage of time, lost dreams, second chances and unpredictable encounters.

Unlike Murakami, he just did not collate all his stories from his dreams, released them in one book and call the whole book by one of the titles in the collection.

Nightfall is the most suitable chaperone for both. My laughter, however, derived from pathos and a dawning of what the odd interactions between an estranged couple and their bumbling houseguest kazou about. As with every Ishiguro book that I’ve read, I had to wonder if the feelings he traced were actually substantive and true, or if they were just random lines he doodled in the air, then crossed his fingers in the hopes that our imaginations would fill in the rest.

The surprises in the story are a substantial part of its pleasures, so the less said the better, but the deftness with which Ishiguro moves from the world of ordinary human motivations to pathology and comic—yet troubling—absurdity is stunning, as is the resolution of the story, which is unexpectedly calm, kind, and even generous. There are some compelling reasons to stay away from these stories. Hey, fella, what nkcturnes that?

Heartbreak in five movements

View all 11 comments. But I’m one who’s yet to be unwrapped. One turns away, thinking the narratives one-note. Some of oshiguro most interesting characters here are women — but interestingly, we invariably get to see these women through the eyes nocthrnes a male narrator.

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Would you like one? Three of these shorts I loved, one I liked a lot, and the other is of the variety where I’d be tempted to say, Let’s just be friendsand then gradually distance myself until we were more acquaintances than anything.

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

View all 6 comments. View all 8 comments. It is absolutely unbelievable, but a great story.

A pleasure to read. In five stories, Ishiguro writes about love, loss, uncertainty, change, and music.

I don’t mean tension because of action and intrigue, but tension because of emotions and relationships. There is not a single thing in these stories where his writing isn’t compatible with how kazuk great beginning or the end of a story should look like. And, in one way or another, music delivers each of them to an epiphany: It also made me laugh out loud: I suppose, if I really izhiguro I could add: He nocyurnes said in interviews that he conceived the book holistically, almost as a piece of music in five movements.

View all 12 comments. Ray and Emily bonded over shared taste in music, but she married Charlie, though all three stayed friends. The tone was muted in a way that I often enjoy in a longer work but the character or plot development wasn’t there either — resulting in a series of sketches that come across as limp and lifeless.