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Title:Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Knopf Canada
ISBN:0307397874
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Number of Pages:221
Category:Short stories, Fiction, Music, Contemporary

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall 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

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In his highly acclaimed debut A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko a Japanese woman now living alone in England dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter Retreating into the past she finds herself reliving one particular hot summer in Nagasaki when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the war But then as she recalls her strange friendship with Sachiko a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy the memories take on a disturbing cast, An English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England he grows up to become a renowned detective and years later returns to Shanghai where the Sino Japanese War is raging br br The maze of human memory the ways in which we accommodate and alter it deceive and deliver ourselves with it is territory that Kazuo Ishiguro has made his own In his previous novels he has explored this inner world and its manifestations in the lives of his characters with rare inventiveness and subtlety shrewd humor and insight In When We Were Orphans his first novel in five years he returns to this terrain in a brilliantly realized story that illuminates the power of one s past to determine the present br br Christopher Banks an English boy born in early twentieth century Shanghai is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish under suspicious circumstances Sent to live in England he grows up to become a renowned detective and more than twenty years later returns to Shanghai where the Sino Japanese War is raging to solve the mystery of the disappearances br br The story is straightforward Its telling is remarkable Christopher s voice is controlled detailed and detached its precision unsurprising in someone who has devoted his life to the examination of details and the rigors of objective thought But within the layers of his narrative is slowly revealed what he can t or won t see that his memory despite what he wants to believe is not unaffected by his childhood tragedies that his powers of perception the heralded clarity of his vision can be blinding as well as enlightening and that the simplest desires a child s for his parents a man s for understanding may give rise to the most complicated truths br br A masterful combination of narrative control and soaring imagination When We Were Orphans is Kazuo Ishiguro at his best, You ve long set your heart against it Axl I know But it s time now to think on it anew There s a journey we must go on and no more delay br br i The Buried Giant i begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years br br Sometimes savage often intensely moving Kazuo Ishiguro s first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories love revenge and war, 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 br br 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 br br 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 br br 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