READERS GUIDE. “In both craft and substance Nocturnes reveals a master at work.” —The Seattle Times The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that . Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro. Knopf. pp, $ Were it not for the fact that Kazuo Ishiguro’s six novels all share a fundamental concern with the way that. As with his previous fiction, Ishiguro uses a genre to his own ends. Nocturnes pays no more than peppercorn rent to the traditional story cycle in.

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Topics Kazuo Ishiguro The Observer. Jan 11, Igrowastreesgrow rated it it was amazing Isbiguro View all 16 comments. The first and third stories are damn good. That might seem fairly obvious given this is a book of short stories and the others were all novels, but I mean even for a guy who tends to nocturnrs up his style of writing, these were still a bit of a surprise. I don’t doubt their authenticity as real people but I don’t necessarily want to form long-term relationships with them.

I would suggest, however, you skip the final story, because reasons. And now he’s taking his chicken off. The other three were more cutesy than they were entertaining. His characters are charming or annoying or self absorbed or whatever in just the right proportions so right nocturnee the moment that I start to think that someone is too perfectly “this”, they are not.

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

There is rising action and things do happen, but by the end of the story, you often get the impression that the things that were left unsaid and that didn’t happen were just as important. All the narrators in Nocturnes sound roughly similar ishigyro the collection is saved from monotony by Ishiguro’s subtle shifts of register. Because if you process them all, then it appears Ishiguro rather focussed on how people get stuck in the past and by an impression they once had of someone, years later they still draw totally wrong conclusions.


Stories 2 and 4 are funny and playful. He says this is partly the case because music is so difficult to talk about.

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

Reading short stories oncturnes quick succession can be a little disorienting, but it’s even more so when “I” keeps changing, but the characters’ voices are not distinctively different.

An underachieving musician is advised to consider a plastic surgery oncturnes become more handsome But nothing is as it seems. As well as the motifs of music and nightfall flagged by the title, there’s several common themes — yearning, romance, loss — and a couple of recurring characters. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His fourth novel, The Unconsoledwon the Cheltenham Prize.

With the cold December air, this book is a right read during this holiday season especially with the New Year soon unfolding. I have a problem with Kazuo Ishiguro. A ncoturnes musician in a Venetian piazza sees a familiar face in the audience and begins a reminiscence of the seven years earlier young Hungarian cellist and the virtuoso woman would would give him a glimpse of the talent that he could unlock if given the right keys.

Perhaps the only way I can appreciate Ishiguro is to take his ideas outside of the world of his stories, to leave behind the stories altogether, and consider them in another way that is meaningful to me.


Jun 22, Simon Fay rated it it was ok Shelves: That Ishiguro is also on display in An Artist of the Floating Worldwhich focuses on a guilt-ridden Japanese artist in the years after the war.

Reading a couple more, I felt like this was a solid 4 stars.

Feb 22, Murat S. They all touch on music duh. A beautiful collection of short stories that have whetted my appetite for reading more of Kazuo Ishiguro’s writing in A man whose unerring taste in music is the only thing his closest friends value in h One of the most celebrated writers of our noctufnes gives us his first cycle of short fiction: Oddly enough, though their styles are very different, I find a lot of similarity between Ishiguro and Murakami’s ishigjro of the world and its strange vectors.

Yet his prose is notable for what, in music, would be described as nocturne partials — intervals that resonate after a note is struck. I think if you look at my ratings on Goodreads you’ll see that I’m much more nocthrnes to short story collections.

All in all, this wasn’t the best introduction to a new writer for this particular reader, but its quantity of quality was enough for me to seek out another book by Kazuo Ishiguro for a second chance.

Hey, fella, what is that? A writer whose work we choose to revisit once we feel that nothing is as it should be.