In this sublime story cycle, Kazuo Ishiguro explores love, music and the passage of time. This quintet ranges from Italian piazzas to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the “hush-hush floor” of an exclusive Hollywood hotel. Along the way we meet young dreamers, café musicians and faded stars, all at some moment of reckoning.
Gentle, intimate and witty, Nocturnes is underscored by a haunting theme: the struggle to restoke life’s romance, even as relationships flounder and youthful hopes recede.
Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro, was a book I felt compelled to read after reading a review from Heather’s blog over at Book Addict. She mentioned Ishiguro’s beautiful writing and the fact that she read the small book of 5 short stories over a period of two days. Being a book about music and nightfall, I figured it would be a perfect read.
Just by viewing the cover, the book looked very romantic – this is also evoked by the words “music and nightfall.” Continue reading