Tuesday, December 31

Book Review: Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Title: Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Pages: EBook 134

Summary: In this sublime story cycle, Kazuo Ishiguro explores love, music and the passage of time. This quintet ranges from Italian piazzas to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the “hush-hush floor” of an exclusive Hollywood hotel. Along the way we meet young dreamers, cafĂ© musicians and faded stars, all at some moment of reckoning.

Gentle, intimate and witty, Nocturnes is underscored by a haunting theme: the struggle to restoke life’s romance, even as relationships flounder and youthful hopes recede.

Come Rain or Come Shine
Malvern Hills

My Rating: 5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: While the collection started out strong I found that it lacked in all the pieces I normally find in short story collections to keep me engaged and wanting more. Compared to other short story collections I've read, this one didn't meet my expectations.

I enjoyed the first short story, Crooner, the most. It was the story that had the most development in plot and for its characters, and it was the story that I connected with the most. It wasn't a story I could say I loved, but it was the one I enjoyed the most. Nocturne was another story that stood out, it was unusual and like with Crooner, I'm not sure it's a story I could say I loved , but it also stood out from the collection on what the actual story was about. For both of these stories, I found myself reading more attentively than with the others and I think they were the strongest of the collection.

I found for the most part the collection lacked to keep my attention. The writing was average and didn't do much to keep me invested in the story's plot. The majority of the collection lacked development in the characters and I was hoping the plot would make up for that, but all except Crooner and Nocturnes, seemed to lack in a strong plot as well.

Overall an okay read, but not a strong one as far as short story collection go.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure on this on. It wasn't a bad read, but the collection didn't meet my expectations either.

What to read next: I'd try other short story collections. And perhaps the authors novels.

Challenges: Alphabet Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Haven't read the author's short stories but loved some of his books. Never Let Me Go is my son's favorite, a gripping dystopian novel.
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