Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall 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 popula

  • Title: Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
  • Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • ISBN: 9780307271020
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 hOne 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, in one way or another, music delivers each of them to a moment of reckoning sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes just eluding their grasp An exploration of love, need, and the ineluctable force of the past, Nocturnes reveals these individuals to us with extraordinary precision and subtlety, and with the arresting psychological and emotional detail that has marked all of Kazuo Ishiguro s acclaimed works of fiction.

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    1. Kazuo Ishiguro

      Kazuo Ishiguro or is a British novelist of Japanese origin and Nobel Laureate in Literature 2017 His family moved to England in 1960 Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor s degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master s from the University of East Anglia s creative writing course in 1980 He became a British citizen in 1982 He now lives in London.His first novel, A Pale View of Hills, won the 1982 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize His second novel, An Artist of the Floating World, won the 1986 Whitbread Prize Ishiguro received the 1989 Man Booker prize for his third novel The Remains of the Day His fourth novel, The Unconsoled, won the 1995 Cheltenham Prize His latest novel is The Buried Giant, a New York Times bestseller He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017.His novels An Artist of the Floating World 1986 , When We Were Orphans 2000 , and Never Let Me Go 2005 were all shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945 In 2017, the Swedish Academy awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature, describing him in its citation as a writer who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.

    780 thoughts on “Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall”

    1. The music of the past will always remain in the past. In the future new notes can and will be played. Ishiguro explores the themes of love and loss. In letting go of the past, one can move forward and embrace new things. Getting stuck is detrimental, and sometimes love is forsaken (foolishly?) for the sake of such things. So this collection of stories is deep and, at times, deeply moving. The first few had a haunting like effect. They played on my minds for days, as I imagined what I would do in [...]


    2. I have a problem with Kazuo Ishiguro. And my problem with Nocturnes is the same one I had with his last novel, Never Let Me Go: I can't figure out why I didn't like it more. Despite his deceivingly simple prose I am very aware of his tremendous skill. I find many of his themes fascinating. I am sufficiently interested in his characters to keep on reading. I admire his resistance against easy resolutions or explicative characterizations. I marvel at his ability to create moments that are truly fu [...]



    3. Onvan : Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall - Nevisande : Kazuo Ishiguro - ISBN : 307397874 - ISBN13 : 9780307397874 - Dar 221 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2009


    4. A nocturne is a “composition of a dreamy character, expressive of sentiment appropriate to evening or night”. Traditionally such nocturnal sentiments include regret, chagrin, melancholy, perhaps a dash of ennui – the pastel twilight tones at the lighter end of the spectrum that darken to gloom, rage and black despair. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall is the first collection of short stories by the Japanese-English novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro. As the subtitle indicates, it is com [...]


    5. Life's disappointments have never been chronicled in a more elegant manner. The stories feel like dreams. You close your eyes and take the journey, but just when you're about to see the summit, suddenly you're jolted awake to reality filled with a sense of disillusionment and regret. Simple, devastating, lingering, it's a pity that some stories pale in comparison to others.


    6. I’ve always associated the word Nocturne with sadness, sublime sadness, deeply felt sadness, but sadness, none the less.I think that Kazuo Ishiguro may share this feeling, even though, given that the term Nocturne when it started out simply meant a piece of music in several movements played by an ensemble at an evening party and that several of these stories revolve around ensembles playing music in the evenings, he may intend a simpler meaning. But I don’t think so. A character in one of th [...]


    7. Wow! That first short story was fantastic! Too bad the rest of this story-cycle collection of five didn't maintain that same high standard in my first foray in reading Kazuo Ishiguro's work. In case you're interested, here is 's synopsis of each story:"Crooner" - Set in Venice, a fading American singer co-opts a Polish cafe musician into accompanying him while he serenades his wife (whose relationship is disintegrating) from a gondola."Come Rain or Come Shine" - In London, an expatriate EFL teac [...]


    8. I think if you look at my ratings on you'll see that I'm much more sympathetic to short story collections. A good short story collection often shows an author's commitment to craft. You can see how much care the author takes with every word, you can get a sense of his or her range when dealing with subject matter and characters. You can get a sense of how their style carries from one kind of story to another.There is another reason -- there is very little money in short stories, even for establ [...]


    9. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, Kazuo Ishiguro Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall is a 2009 collection of short fiction by Kazuo Ishiguro. After six novels, it is Ishiguro first collection of short stories, though described by the publisher as a "story cycle". As the subtitle suggests, each of the five stories focuses on music and musicians, and the close of day. The hardback was published by Faber and Faber in the United Kingdom on 7 May 2009 and in the United States [...]


    10. Τόσο όμορφα και λυρικά διηγήματα που διαβάζονται μονορούφι - άσχετο αν εμένα λόγω εργασίας με πήρε κοντά 20 ημέρες. Ιστορίες μουσικής και νύχτας, ο, τι πιο όμορφο για να διαβάσεις με κατάλληλη ατμόσφαιρα! Ιστορίες νοσταλγίας, με επίκεντρο τον άνθρωπο που προσπαθεί να μείνει [...]


    11. This was the first I read by Kazuo Ishiguro and I remember thinking "how did this guy win a Booker?" but then I read The Remains of the Day immediately thereafter, which I loved. But I found this collection of short stories very weak -- there's a couple of good scenes and clever ideas but by and large it's readable but really quite ordinary. My main gripe would be that all the stories are too similar. As well as the motifs of music and nightfall flagged by the title, there's several common theme [...]


    12. 2017 Nobel Edebiyat Ödülü sahibi Kazuo Ishiguro'nun Yapı Kredi Yayınları'ndan çıkan, Zeynep Erkut'un çevirdiği, yazarın en önemli kitaplarından "Noktürnler; Müziğe ve Günbatımına Dair Öyküler" adından da anlaşılacağı üzere gerçek zamanlı, sokak müzisyenlerine, onların dünyasına dair samimi beş öykü barındırıyor. Kitaba ismini veren "Noktürnler" ve "Aşk Şarkıcısı" öykülerini özellikle beğendim. Uslubu ve kelime, cümle seçimleri son derece aylın. [...]


    13. Let’s start with the obvious, I love this guy’s writing. I mean, he could write a book about the problems associated with the Estonian public transport system as a legacy of Soviet era planning and I think it is just possible I would still be utterly enthralled. I’m saying this because it is pretty important you understand that this isn’t really going to be an ‘objective’ review – whatever that might mean.This one was nothing like any of the other books of his I have read. That mig [...]


    14. I quite enjoyed this small selection of stories. I'd read a lot of bad reviews for this collection but I really can't fault it that much. Of course this isn't Carver or Shirley Jackson but I think all of these stories are perfectly good. If you enjoy slow, atmospheric stories in which nothing much happens then you'll like this collection.


    15. A beautiful collection of short stories that have whetted my appetite for reading more of Kazuo Ishiguro's writing in 2018. I found the writing to be quietly melancholic, disarmingly beautiful and perfectly bittersweet. I loved how in many of the stories the concepts of what both falling in love and staying in love truly meant were explored. My favourite story was "Crooner" but I very much enjoyed them all and was moved by each in different ways. As music is so integral to these stories, instead [...]


    16. I'm drunk. Not going to try and pretend like I'm not. If you'd like to be drunk, too, I suggest buying a six pack of NOT YOUR FATHER'S ROOT BEER. Cheers.On to the review.I was impressed two times out of five with this collection. The first and third stories are damn good. Good enough that I want to try one of this guy's novels. The first story, "Crooner", was, by far, my favorite. Ishiguro put me in Venice, and I enjoyed my trip. The third story, "Malvern Hills", was another exceptional piece. I [...]


    17. 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. Always with the presence of music, night and potential romance.Like a good symphony, every story is like a movement, which seems independent but which is in fact part of a greater whole. Apparently simple melodies that actually hide sad, haunting stories of lonely and dissatisfied people and the opportunities life gives them to redeem [...]


    18. I'm not a big fan of short stories, but read these because after the emotion and length of Perdido Street Station, I wanted a total change, and I'd been meaning to try another Ishiguro (I enjoyed Remains of the Day in my twenties, but more recently, gave Never Let me Go only 2*)They were certainly a contrast, and they were perfectly competent, and had a connecting theme (music), but That is all. I won't be rushing to read any more Ishiguro.2.5* rounded down to 2*, because Ishiguro is supposed to [...]


    19. It is unseasonably warm for a February Saturday in Pittsburgh. I am on the fifth and final story in Ishiguro's Nocturnes, trying to understand what it all means. Some music would be appropriate to go with this book, subtitled Five Stories of Music and Nightfall."This is what we will hear tonight," I say, as the first barely audible notes of Sebelius' Violin Concerto fill the room like a Scandinavian wind."I got some blood oranges for a salad. Would you like one?""No, thank you," picking up the b [...]



    20. نمی‌توانم داستان‌هایش را دوست داشته باشم. یعنی حتّی داستانی مانند شبانه که خیلی خوب شروع شد و جذبم کرد هم در پایان‌بندی مرا ناامید برگرداند. به طورِ کلی پایان‌بندی‌هایش را اصلاً، اصلاً، اصلاً دوست نداشتم. مترجم در ابتدایِ کتاب گفته است داستان‌های ایشی‌گورو داستان‌هایی [...]


    21. Noktürnler, Ishiguro'nun tek öykü kitabı. Ama umarım zamanla yeni öykülerini de okuruz, ben kitabı çok beğendim. Ishiguro esasen bir romancı ve romancılığında giderek daha muğlak sınırlarda dolaşıyor. Hatta ona bir bilinçaltı gezgini desem, sanırım yanlış bir tanımlama yapmış olmam. Bu sebeple hikâyelerini de bu tarzda bekliyordum, ama daha basit, Ishiguro'nun biraz daha klasik tarzda kalem oynattığı hikâyeler bulunca şaşırdım. Ishiguro eskiden müzisyen olm [...]


    22. How can a person write in such a relaxed way and yet generate such tension in his stories? I don't mean tension because of action and intrigue, but tension because of emotions and relationships. This is a collection of five short stories and they are told with masterful ease and yet they subliminally build tension, especially Come Rain and Come Shine: I had to read some of this quite quickly because I couldn't bear the tension between the characters. I guess Ishiguro is sort of the master of und [...]


    23. خیلی بد.کسل کنندهاصلا خوشم نیومداز بین 5 داستان کوتاه، شبانه دیگه اوجش بود خیلی غیر واقعی بود.بسیار بسیار ضعیف!!


    24. This is an interesting collection of stories all narrated by the same young male musician. Each of the stories is set in a different location and features rather quirky people in awkward short-term relationships. The stories very effectively portray the kind of insecure and stumbling interchanges which sometimes occur between people who don't know each other very well. This style of writing is new for me, and I found it sad, amusing, and realistic. The endings of the stories are mini-cliff-hange [...]


    25. Ishiguro is liquid. Can I say it like that? There is not a single thing in these stories where his writing isn't compatible with how a great beginning or the end of a story should look like. Or how a story should interestingly develop and how characters should be engaging and how These nocturnes are almost perfect, and yet, they are somehow not. As if they need that jump from the springboard to make a perfect somersault and maybe end it with some surprisingly unexpected flip or something. I am w [...]


    26. Five relatively short stories, with music as binding theme, or at least at first glance. 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. In each of the stories it’s the story telling narrator that notices this and has to cope with it, powerless. Not all stories are successful; for me especially the first story, The Crooner, excelled [...]



    27. I love Ishiguro so be prepared for some gushing. This book was a departure for Ish. The day I got the book I sat down and told myself I'd read the first story. It was short and entertaining so I began the second story. I read a few pages and found myself chuckling and thinking I must be misunderstanding. Ishiguro is usually so lush and evocative. He makes me think and feel new things or at least feel them and think them with a new depth and understanding. After a few more pages I was falling off [...]


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