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After six novels, it is Ishiguro's first collection of short stories, though described by the publisher as a "story cycle". As the subtitle suggests, each of the five stories focuses on music and musicians, and the close of day.

As the subtitle suggests, each story focuses on music and musicians, and the close of day. All of the stories have unfulfilled potential as a linking theme, tinged with elements of regret. The second and fourth stories have comic undertones. The first and final stories feature cafe musicians, and the first and fourth stories feature the same character. All five stories have unreliable male narrators and are written in the first person. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Nocturnes First edition. The Times. Retrieved 29 June All five stories have unreliable male narrators, who are musicians of some kind, and are written in the first person.

And you think, God, there's only four left ' ". The Guardian. She cannot actually play the instrument at all. So convinced was she of her own musical genius, no teacher ever seemed equal to it, and so rather than tarnish her gift with imperfection, she chose never to realise it at all. The Sunday Times. The Independent. Ultimately this is a lovely, clever book about the passage of time and the soaring notes that make its journey worthwhile.

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Heartbreak in five movements

I n "Cellists", the final, exquisite story in Kazuo Ishiguro's new collection, an American woman pretends to be a world-famous cellist and agrees to tutor a promising young Hungarian in her hotel room in an unnamed Italian city. It soon emerges that she cannot play the cello at all: she merely believes she has the potential to be a great cellist. In the end, she marries someone she does not love, while the young Hungarian takes a second-rate job playing in a chamber group at a hotel restaurant. They both remain unfulfilled. This is, perhaps, what most binds these stories: the conflict between what music promises and what life delivers. Nocturnes is Ishiguro's first collection of short stories, after six novels.


Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

Who is the worst offender? How does Ishiguro signal this to the reader? Which of the narrators is most trustworthy, and why? How does Ishiguro use night as a metaphor? How does Ishiguro use Eastern vs. Western attitudes to further the story?

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