Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

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From the award-winning author of Remains of the Day comes an inspired sequence of stories, which is 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.

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About Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of five previous novels, including The Remains of the Day, which won the Booker Prize and became an international best seller. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. In 1995 he received an Order of the British Empire for service to literature, and in 1998 was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
Published September 9, 2009 by Vintage. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Five first-person tales of human emotion in the waning hours of light.

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The New York Times

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Kazuo Ishiguro’s story collection, “Nocturnes,” chronicles the gentle regrets of middle age; Philip Roth’s new novella, “The Humbling,” the ragings of old age.

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The author of The Remains Of The Day returns with his first anthology, featuring five stories of subjective, shifting wonder.

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The Telegraph

The five stories in Nocturnes are all about music – .

Apr 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Nocturnes

The Bookbag

On the whole there was a better book to be had here, but similarly a much worse one - I liked the way Ishiguro definitely did not try to create a story in the style of the music, or define the sounds the people were making beyond a few gestures.

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Open Letters Monthly

Given significantly lower sales and readership for books released as story collections or, God forbid, linked story collections (in Nocturnes, a minor character in one story is a major character in another, and one character narrates two different stories), it is not surprising that Ishiguro is n...

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The collection’s subtitle reads “Five stories of music and nightfall.” As only a few of the stories actually take place in the night, it’s clear the metaphorical sense of the word is intended, as well.

Dec 09 2009 | Read Full Review of Nocturnes

Bookmarks Magazine

• All five stories are told in first-person narration.

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The New York Review of Books

This may seem a truism—what writer, after all, is not unlike others?—but Ishiguro’s fiction is, in fact, very strange indeed.

Oct 22 2009 | Read Full Review of Nocturnes

“Cellists” returns to the same narrator as in the first story, but this time he talks about a young cellist who meets a woman whom he takes to be a famous cellist and for whom he plays and is coached, but then he discovers that the woman hasn’t played in years.

Feb 16 2010 | Read Full Review of Nocturnes

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