Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes

Obviously, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes relies heavily on the theme of music. It’s a short story collection connected by a musical strand. The titles are Crooner, Come Rain or Come Shine, Malven Hills, Nocturnes, and Cellists. The stories have a relational focus with heartbreak and triangulated love and the common regrets of everyday life.

“I now realize this woman was livid with anger. Not the sort that suddenly hits you then drains away. No. This woman, I could tell had been in a kind of white heat for sometime.”

It’s tough to write a longer review for Nocturnes. I think because the stories are simple and very real. This is a book for individuals with a high interest in relational psychology. And, it’s also a very easy read in terms of syntax and style. It’s in the same reading level as Paulo Coelho’s work. I found it strange to read something like this from Kazuo Ishiguro considering the other work of his that I’ve read – Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day – are longer and more complex books.

Work Cited

Ishiguro, Kazuo. Nocturnes. New York: Vintage, 21 September 2010.


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