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I ve read the book Beim Anbruch der Nacht written by Kazuo Ishiguro This book is based on 5 short stories, which are all about music and musicians In comparison to his novels you can see a completely different side of the author, but I have to say that his other literature and Romans are on higher level.In this other side, I did not get closer to Ishiguro His characters seem artificial, even linguistically I found these stories not strong enough.I had read much better of him before. Life s disappointments have never been chronicled in a elegant manner The stories feel like dreams You close your eyes and take the journey, but just when you re about to see the summit, suddenly you re jolted awake to reality filled with a sense of disillusionment and regret Simple, devastating, lingering, it s a pity that some stories pale in comparison to others. The music of the past will always remain in the past In the future new notes can and will be played Ishiguro explores the themes of love and loss In letting go of the past, one can move forward and embrace new things Getting stuck is detrimental, and sometimes love is forsaken foolishly for the sake of such things So this collection of stories is deep and, at times, deeply moving The first few had a haunting like effect They played on my minds for days, as I imagined what I would do in such a situation Central to each one was a failure or a misjudgement the relationships break down in each case because of an over concern with image or societal success Lovers become disenchanted, husbands become inadequate and wives become intolerable Achievements or lack thereof are placed above individuality, character and personal feelings Music is used to show alternate roads characters could have taken it triggers memories and feelings often repressed and forgotten It s also a way of connecting with people, of a moment in time, the music symbolised a ling held bond as the notes reinforce states that will never die It s also a way of life for a musician it is their passion and their means for survival By exploring such themes Ishiguro weaves five very individual stories together but some are very forced For example, the idea of five stories of music and nightfall imply a certain atmosphere the stories did not deliver.Granted, some were successful than others and each was told with an eloquence of expression only masterful prose writers can achieve That being said though, the themes were pushed to breaking point Seemingly, it was like the stories were stretched around the ideas behind them rather than the writing being produced with a sense of naturalness I found this particularly so with Cellist and Nocturnes They let the collection down Personally, I don t feel like this is much of a collection The stories don t work together despite crossovers in characters on a couple of occasions This book could have been great, but the writing shies just short of such a thing Ishiguro can, and has, done much better in the past. I have a problem with Kazuo Ishiguro And my problem with Nocturnes is the same one I had with his last novel, Never Let Me Go I can t figure out why I didn t like it Despite his deceivingly simple prose I am very aware of his tremendous skill I find many of his themes fascinating I am sufficiently interested in his characters to keep on reading I admire his resistance against easy resolutions or explicative characterizations I marvel at his ability to create moments that are truly funny or touching or absurd without overplaying those moments But his words don t bubble in my brain days after I ve consumed them The people in his stories seem like interesting strangers who pique my curiosity only for the length of time that they are in front of me I don t doubt their authenticity as real people but I don t necessarily want to form long term relationships with them Something seems to keep me from fully connecting.One of his favorite themes seems to be denial The way we deny our own mortality, the realities of the life we lead, the disconnect between our own grand perception of ourselves and our lowly stations in the eyes of the world Fascinating stuff, I think, and aptly realized in these stories yet at the conclusion of each I invariably think, so what Perhaps the problem is that he raises questions but refuses to provide answers, or even the slightest inclination of a hint Perhaps the problem is that denial and impotence are so omnipresent in the worlds he creates When every single character seems to be living an unfulfilled life it s hard to sympathize with any one Perhaps the only way I can appreciate Ishiguro is to take his ideas outside of the world of his stories, to leave behind the stories altogether, and consider them in another way that is meaningful to me But to do that would contradict my belief in what stories, and fiction writers, should do Like I said, it s my problem. I ve always associated the word Nocturne with sadness, sublime sadness, deeply felt sadness, but sadness, none the less.I think that Kazuo Ishiguro may share this feeling, even though, given that the term Nocturne when it started out simply meant a piece of music in several movements played by an ensemble at an evening party and that several of these stories revolve around ensembles playing music in the evenings, he may intend a simpler meaning But I don t think so A character in one of the stories saysWe were especially pleased when we found a recording like Ray Charles singing Come Rain or Come Shine where the words themselves were happy, but the interpretation was pure heartbreak In these stories, as if in a deliberate reversal of this statement, the interpretation is lyrical, harmonius, light of touch, but the the meaning buried behind the words is pure heartbreak I m gonna love you,Like nobody s loved you,Come rain or come shine.Happy together,Unhappy together,And won t it be fine Days may be cloudy or sunny.We re in or we re out of money.But I m with you always.I m with you rain or shine. A nocturne is a composition of a dreamy character, expressive of sentiment appropriate to evening or night Traditionally such nocturnal sentiments include regret, chagrin, melancholy, perhaps a dash of ennui the pastel twilight tones at the lighter end of the spectrum that darken to gloom, rage and black despair Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall is the first collection of short stories by the Japanese English novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro As the subtitle indicates, it is composed of 5 immaculate prose wise stories whose common denominators are music what it promises to the characters and nightfall the regrets, the failures, the unrealized potentials, the possibilities at the midlife or at the crossroads of its characters lives This is my 3rd book by Kazuo Ishiguro and I agree with one of my Goodreads friends that he indeed is one of the authors who do not re write themselves Remains of the Day is about an aging butler and his reflection in his twilight years while Never Let Me Go is about three young kids who were raised solely to be organ donors The 5 short stories here are all about musicians, their lives and their struggles to stay afloat Story 1 Crooner , how to spend time waiting for a big break Story 2 Come Rain or Shine , how a young musician can relate to old aging ones Story 3 Malvern Hills , how physical appearance is seen as ticket to hit it big in the music industry Story 4 Nocturne , or how to get the right coach or the better way of coaching Story 5 Cellist They have common denominators and some even share a character or two, e.g., the guitarist in Story 1 reappears in Story 5 The aging but still beautiful woman about to get divorced by his crooner husband in Story 1 also appears as a cosmetic surgery patient in Story 4.I enjoyed reading this book because of Ishiguro s style of presenting his short stories He aptly calls this collection as story cycle Unlike Murakami, he just did not collate all his stories from his dreams, released them in one book and call the whole book by one of the titles in the collection In Nocturnes, the stories seem to be part of an astoundingly pleasing orchestra piece with each story beautifully complementing the totality of the masterpiece by forming five distinct variations in tunes Stories 2 and 4 are funny and playful Story 1 is downright sad and gloomy Story 3 is open ended with the end note in high pitch floating in the air while Story 5 recaps the 4 by having musician characters as if providing the climax and conclusion to the piece.Just like Remains of the Day and to a lesser extend, Never Let Me Go, this book will not elicit a strong emotion from its reader You will not feel downright sad or happy You will not laugh out load, cry a tear or even smile You will not need to fold a page to remember where that beautiful quote is However, after reading the book, Ishiguro will make you reflect in your own life and will make you ask yourself questions like where your present life is heading or how to achieve your dreams Despite having crossed the midpoint, is there still a dream worth pursuing Is there still a chance for you to peak That is if you haven t reached your peak It is this subtlety that I appreciate in his writing He neither states the obvious nor preaches He will make you think of life s deeper meanings without going philosophical or peppering his book with profound quotes Reading him in this book is like sipping a warm well blended coffee in a fine easy Sunday morning while sitting in a cold plaza or in your front porch.With the cold December air, this book is a right read during this holiday season especially with the New Year soon unfolding Makes you think of your first step for 2011. Wow That first short story was fantastic Too bad the rest of this story cycle collection of five didn t maintain that same high standard in my first foray in reading Kazuo Ishiguro s work In case you re interested, here is Wikipedia s synopsis of each story Crooner Set in Venice, a fading American singer co opts a Polish cafe musician into accompanying him while he serenades his wife whose relationship is disintegrating from a gondola Come Rain or Come Shine In London, an expatriate EFL teacher is invited to the home of a couple whom he knew whilst at university However the couple s tensions affect the visitor, leading to a rather awkward situation Malvern Hills A young guitarist flees London and lack of success in the rock world to the Malvern countryside cafe owned by his sister and brother in law Whilst there he encounters Swiss tourists whose behavior causes him to reflect on his own situation Nocturne A saxophonist recuperating after plastic surgery at a Beverly Hills hotel becomes involved with a wealthy American woman the now ex wife of the crooner in the first story and ends up in a rather bizarre confrontation on stage of the hotel involving an award statuette and a cooked turkey Cellists A Hungarian cellist falls under the spell of a fellow cellist, an apparently virtuosic American older woman, who tutors him He later realizes that she cannot play the cello as she was so convinced 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 realize it at all.I LOVED Crooner It was clear from the start that Ishiguro excels at setting a scene and quickly building fairly full formed characters, at least as full as is needed for a short He handles mood like it s putty in the hands of an accomplished sculptor Some reviewer for a UK paper, I think it was The Guardian or something, said Nocturne was the funniest story What the heck was this person thinking Nocturne had a brief moment of humor, but it was otherwise long and lame Come Rain or Come Shine was the one I found funniest Its main character is like someone Ricky Gervias would ve created and is almost as put upon as Bertie Wooster In fact, this particular story is very Wodehousian and quintessentially British in its dry humor Malvern Hills and Cellists are pretty enough in their imagery and sadness, but they don t quite come up to the mark of Crooner All in all, this wasn t the best introduction to a new writer for this particular reader, but its quantity of quality was enough for me to seek out another book by Kazuo Ishiguro for a second chance Starting out as great as it did, after the story story I was ready to give Nocturnes 5 stars Reading a couple , I felt like this was a solid 4 stars Struggling through the forth story dropped the overall score down to 3 Finishing off the book with a story that struggled to keep my attention didn t improve my opinion enough to raise it up to 4, so I ll call it 3.5 stars. Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, Kazuo Ishiguro Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall is a 2009 collection of short fiction by Kazuo Ishiguro After six novels, it is Ishiguro 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 The hardback was published by Faber and Faber in the United Kingdom on 7 May 2009 and in the United States by Knopf in September 2009.Five stories Crooner Come Rain or Come Shine Malvern Hills Nocturne and Cellists 2011 1389 198 9786005733068 1389 223 9789643627331. {READ PDF} ⚠ Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall õ One Of The Most Celebrated Writers Of Our Time Gives Us His First Cycle Of Short Fiction Five Brilliantly Etched, Interconnected Stories In Which Music Is A Vivid And Essential Character A Once Popular Singer, Desperate To Make A Comeback, Turning From The One Certainty In His Life A Man Whose Unerring Taste In Music Is The Only Thing His Closest Friends Value In Him A Struggling Singer Songwriter Unwittingly Involved In The Failing Marriage Of A Couple He S Only Just Met A Gifted, Underappreciated Jazz Musician Who Lets Himself Believe That Plastic Surgery Will Help His Career A Young Cellist Whose Tutor Promises To Unwrap His Talent Passion Or Necessity Or The Often Uneasy Combination Of The Two Determines The Place Of Music In Each Of These Lives And, In One Way Or Another, Music Delivers Each Of Them To A Moment Of Reckoning Sometimes Comic, Sometimes Tragic, Sometimes Just Eluding Their Grasp An Exploration Of Love, Need, And The Ineluctable Force Of The Past, Nocturnes Reveals These Individuals To Us With Extraordinary Precision And Subtlety, And With The Arresting Psychological And Emotional Detail That Has Marked All Of Kazuo Ishiguro S Acclaimed Works Of Fiction and I slip just like the stars into obscurity. Cinque racconti che parlano di amori patetici o al capolinea, di amicizie fugaci o durature, di musica o di passione per la musica, del crepuscolo quando si trasforma in notte Un po grotteschi, un po malinconici, un po ironici con punte di comicit vera e propria Racconti dal finale aperto quattro su cinque , che Ishiguro lascia all immaginazione del lettore.Non la definirei una lettura imprescindibile, ma la delicatezza e la sensibilit la grazia della prosa di Ishiguro mi coinvolgono, di nuovo.Libro dalle atmosfere lunari E la musica di un pianoforte che proviene da un altra stanza.https youtu.be TKQaSZXEK2s