Nocturnes

Nocturnes

eBook - 2009
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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 stories as affecting as it is beautiful.

With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heartbreak, and humor. Here is a fragile, once famous singer, turning his back on the one thing he loves; a music junky with little else to offer his friends but opinion; a songwriter who inadvertently breaks up a marriage; a jazz musician who thinks the answer to his career lies in changing his physical appearance; and a young cellist whose tutor has devised a remarkable way to foster his talent. For each, music is a central part of their lives and, in one way or another, delivers them to an epiphany.

Publisher: Vintage Books,, 2009
ISBN: 9780307273086
0307273083
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360

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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!

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uncommonreader
Jul 29, 2012

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

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Riceyy
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.

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kwsmith
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.

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AureliaReads
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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