Beautiful, poetic short stories all related to music and musicians, including a washed up singer, a homely saxophonist and a Hungarian cellist, all primarily taking place in Venice. And all interlocking as in minor characters in some stories become the main protagonist in others. Charming!
Not recommended. A "quintet" of short stories about musicians, all at the point of reckoning.
I found this book unexciting and I could not handle the style of writing. After reading Never let me go by the same author, I expected more from this book, but I did not enjoy it as much. I think that were I bit older, I'd have appreciated this book a lot more. Kazuo Ishirguro's writing is very mature and so are the situations in his books. All the same, I could see why this book could be considered a beautiful masterpiece, I just did not experience that sort of satisfaction after reading this book.
In Nocturnes, Ishiguro offers a masterful collection of subtly linked short stories where minor characters in one story become major characters in the next. Like most of Ishiguro's work, each story has a horrible heartbreaking sorrow hidden beneath the surface. With masterful skill, Ishiguro dares us to peek beneath the surface and expose the sorrow. In these stories music embodies an ultimate beauty that is unreachable and contrasts darkly with the unhappy reality of life.
A gem ! A set of stories that are so touching - with characters and complex emotions exquisitely depicted. Something to savour, to reflect on, to learn from, to admire. Ishiguro is a master at depicting human emotion and complex, touching relationships.
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