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Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    Really surprised by how bad this book is.

    OK, I'm going to just come right out and say this: I did NOT like this book. I read Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day too many years ago to use that as a comparison, but I did read Never Let Me Go a couple of years back and that was one of my top books of 2008. Never Let Me Go stayed with me for weeks after I finished, the nuances and implications of the story were so powerful.

    Quite frankly, the only reason that I finished Nocturnes was because I was so shocked that something so bad could come from the same person that wrote something as mesmerizing as Never Let Me Go. I didn't feel the stories were of "Music and Nightfall", but more of "Music and Nonsensical, Absurd, Totally Unrealistic Behaviors and Relationships". The connections between the stories was feeble at best, and the actions of some of the characters in the stories seemed so farcical that I wasn't sure if Ishiguro was trying to make the stories into parodies or if he seriously believes that people act the way they do in his stories - for instance, in one story, the main character, on the suggestion of his friend who he is staying with, trashes the living room of the house he is visiting and gets down on his hands and knees to start eating a magazine to make it look like a dog had been in the house, simply to hide the fact that the main character had wrinkled the page in his friend's wife's datebook - who does this?

    It wasn't until the last story, "Cellists", that I felt that he hit any kind of stride in his story telling, without having to rely on such extreme caricatures of human behavior to move his story along. The interactions between the main characters seemed genuine in this one story, not forced, and therefore became the only redeeming value to this book for me.

    In my estimation, reader beware. Just because Ishiguro can write some amazing novels, it appears that he has a little work to do until he can polish up a proper short story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2010

    Disappointing

    I began skimming because I really didn't care about the characters. They weren't fully developed and not compelling. The comedy portions were unbelievable --- more like slapstick than the irony or satire I'd expect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Engaging Short Stories

    Engaging and provocative short stories. Excellent character development in unusual settings. Very enjoyable.

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