Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro – Book Review

Title: Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Genre/Themes: Short Stories, Literary Fiction

Blurb from Goodreads

It was our third time playing the Godfather theme since lunch…

In a sublime short story collection, Kazuo Ishiguro explores ideas of love, music and the passing of time.

From the piazzas of Italy to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the ‘hush-hush floor’ of an exclusive Hollywood hotel, the characters we encounter range from young dreamers to cafe musicians to faded stars, all of them at some moment of reckoning.

Gentle, intimate and witty, this quintet is marked by a haunting theme: the struggle to keep alive a sense of life’s romance, even as one gets older, relationships flounder and youthful hopes recede.

My Review

A beautiful collection of short stories that have whetted my appetite for reading more of Kazuo Ishiguro’s writing.

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 of writing a review for each one I wish to share links to pieces of music that I listened to while reading these beautiful shorts.

Some were directly referenced within the pages of the book and others are ones that I personally love.

Crooner: Chet Baker: I Fall in Love Too Easily

Come Rain or Come Shine: Sarah Vaughan ft Hal Mooney & His Orchestra – It Never Entered My Mind

Malvern Hills: Sounds from Thursday afternoon

Nocturne: Sax and Piano Jazz Duo – ‘The Nearness of You’

Cellists: Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata 3rd movement performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax


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