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Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall (Vintage International)

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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 him . . . A struggling singer-songwriter unwittingly involved in the failing marriage of a couple hes 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 necessityor the often uneasy combination of the twodetermines 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 Ishiguros acclaimed works of fiction.

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One of the most celebrated writers of our time delivers his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character.

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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.

About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of six previous novels, including Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, which won the Booker Prize and was adapted into an award-winning film. Ishiguro’s work has been translated into forty 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.

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J Priddy, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by J Priddy)
NOCTURNES: FIVE STORIES OF MUSIC AND NIGHTFALL by Kazuo Ishiguro (2009) reflects a distinct life view that I recognize from Ishiguro’s earlier novel, Remains of the Day. I loved that novel, the sad dignity of a man who struggles to avoid understanding that his life has been a waste. These stories have much of the same perspective, men who struggle to find the music that’s been lost from their lives. At least one story is terrifically funny. These are strong, substantial, affecting stories.
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ISBN:
9780307455789
Author:
Ishiguro, Kazuo
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20100931
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
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7.98 x 5.19 x .69 in .58 lb

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"Synopsis" by , One of the most celebrated writers of our time delivers his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character.
"Synopsis" by , 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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