Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (OBE, FRSA, FRSL)

  • Started on: 2012-05-23
  • Finished on: 2012-05-23
  • Read in: English
  • Rating: “****-”
  • Genre(s): General Fiction

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Nocturnes is a short story collection by Kazuo Ishiguro. The five stories in this book all revolve around music, and love. Some stories overlap, the characters appear in more than one story. There is a story about a young musician in Venice who meets an old crooner, his mother’s idol, who asks him to help him serenade his wife. There is a saxophone player who is brilliant but not good-looking trying to make it. There is a young cello player who just came from his training, and is learning in the real world. There are friends who enjoy old music together but grow up. And there is a story about a young guitar player who meets two older musicians.
The main themes are obviously music, but also age, and love. And the question, what does age do to love? The stories were very enjoyable and interesting to read, and it was nice to see some recurring characters. Four out of five stars.