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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Not to make too great a claim for the book, but like Finnegans Wake it seemed to represent an end rather than a beginning, a playing out of an ultimately sterile—if fascinating—logic.

How does Sarah Vaughan smooth things over? Yeah, usually I don’t care but here it’s really, really annoying. View all 6 comments. What does this tell us about the narrator? One of his favorite themes seems to be denial. In each of those stories, something gets unraveled for each of the characters who collide with each other during that particular moment in their lives It is unseasonably warm for a February Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Then later there will be another slap. 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.

Ishjguro 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. View all 16 comments. He neither states the obvious nor preaches. Even when the women barely know the man and is insulted by him, there is still an expectation she will ‘come good’ for him and help him succeed.


However, the three other stories made me think the hints were just outright bluffs.

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 noccturnes a sense of disillusionment and regret. It is an achingly romantic gesture in which Janeck discovers the ache, rather than the romance, predominates. The blood oranges were good, I hear, and the sleep last night was the best in a week.

Why is she convinced of this?

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After a few more pages I was falling off I love Ishiguro so be prepared for some gushing. A man whose unerring taste in music is the only thing his closest friends value in him. I was impressed two times nocyurnes of five with this collection. There is a story in this collection that puts this idea to the test, but clearly, how characters relate to music is one of the driving ideas of this book.

They have common ishigguro and some even share a character or two, e.

Nocturnes Reader’s Guide

The wrong kind of ugly. He meets a famous woman whose nocturnal escapades in their hotel provide a chance for contemplation and a possible moment of realization regarding fame and vanity. Boredom and bonding over music creates a friendship of a kind, leading to farcical escapades in private areas of the hotel at night, evading security and view spoiler [stealing and hiding something hide spoiler ]. A talented saxophonist whose wife has left him is persuaded to have facial surgery to make him more marketable.


Like a good symphony, every story is like a movement, which seems independent but which is in fact part of a greater whole. But for the most part, it felt like a half-hearted pat on the back to me. And with his noctudnes novel, it seemed that he understood that: I ncoturnes figure out why I didn’t like it more.

Come Rain or Shine: Certain motifs and images — of hotels and places of transition, of open windows — recur from story to story.

As a writer, I love these stories. Passion or necessity—or the often uneasy combination of the two—determines the place of music in each of these lives.

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

While his other four all follow a similar theme and present their vignettes in believable fashion, “Come Rain or Come Shine” seems to adopt some of the awkward unbelievability of The Unconsoledonly without the purpose behind it.

Also, if you are a musician of any kind, you should at least be able to finish this collection. He hires Jan, a guitarist from a band in the Piazza San Marco, to accompany him while he serenades his wife from a gondola beneath their hotel window. While I enjoyed them all, I liked Crooner best. Jul 14, Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing Shelves: