Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

by Kazuo Ishiguro | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0571245005 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCassandra2020wing of Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on 7/4/2014
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingCassandra2020wing from Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, July 04, 2014
Picked up at last night's meetup, discovered it was unregistered, so brought home to register & most likely read :-)

Journal Entry 2 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, July 30, 2016
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro - ok

A collection of short stories based around music/musicians. Not bad, not great. I think the problem was I found the characters to be too self obsessed and unlikeable. No redeeming qualities and as such didn't really care about what happened to them. Other than that, they were well written and fairly interesting stories - let's face it, I read all 5 and it only took me a couple of days, so not that bad or particularly challenging. All a bit 'meh' and therefore, just ok.

Journal Entry 3 by wingCassandra2020wing at The Glencorse Centre in Auchendinny, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, August 04, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (8/4/2016 UTC) at The Glencorse Centre in Auchendinny, Scotland United Kingdom

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Released to obcz.

Now available on the Official BookCrossing Zone bookshelf in The Glencorse Centre, 4 Firth Road, Auchendinny, Midlothian, EH26 0QZ

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Journal Entry 4 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Retrieved from obcz - might try to set up as a bookray

Journal Entry 5 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (10/14/2017 UTC) at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom

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On its way to Kizmiaz, happy travels little book

Journal Entry 6 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, October 14, 2017
I decided to offer this book up as a bookray. You can find the forum details here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/536960

List so far:

Kizmiaz, in Portugal, will post anywhere <----posted out today 14/10/17
Ftarazu, in Portugal, prefer EU postage
Lindasaurus, in Austria, prefer EU postage
fokerella, in Germany, will post anywhere
SerendipityN in Germany will post anywhere
BaiLong, in China, will post anywhere
mcsar in Canada prefers USA postage
judygreeneyes, in USA, prefers USA then International posting
BookLovinMama, in USA, prefers USA posting

If this changes for any reason, I will update this journal entry as well as the forum post

Journal Entry 7 by kizmiaz at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, October 30, 2017
Just got it!
Thanks for sharing Cassandra2020!
It's the next to be read.

Journal Entry 8 by kizmiaz at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, November 20, 2017
Well, that was unimpressive.
There's five short stories in this collection and I sort of enjoyed The Crooner and kind of liked Nocturne but both felt long just the same.
These are well written stories but they failed to grab my attention, the characters were weak, the plots barely there and the pace was just too slow for my tastes.
I'm sure it's not Ishiguro's fault, after all he just won the Nobel, but after a while reading whichever story in this book I just felt bored.
Thanks for sharing anyway Cassandra2020.
I'll pass it along soon.

Journal Entry 9 by Ftarazu at Ovar, Aveiro Portugal on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
It arrived last Friday. It will go to my TBR pile. I have a few books to read first, but hope to get to it ASAP.
Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 10 by Ftarazu at Ovar, Aveiro Portugal on Wednesday, March 07, 2018
It was not my favorite book by Kazuo Ishiguro, but still I enjoyed the quietude and simplicity of the 5 stories, all music-related.

I am very sorry for the delay in reading this book and sending it forward! It was sent last Friday to Lindasaurus. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 11 by wingLindasauruswing at Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Friday, March 09, 2018
The book arrived in Vienna now! Thanks for sendig it to me!

07.04.2018:
I finally finished this book today and it counts for efells Lesechallenge 2018.

Life's disappointments have never been chronicled in a more 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.

If you enjoy slow, atmospheric stories in which nothing much happens then you'll like this collection.

I read the book in the beautiful spring days in the past weeks on my balcony! (see picture)

Journal Entry 12 by wingLindasauruswing at Bookring, Germany -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, April 07, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (4/13/2018 UTC) at Bookring, Germany -- Controlled Releases

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Since I was not able to reach fokerella the book travels on to SerendipityN. Thanks for sharing it!

Journal Entry 13 by SerendipityN at Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Arrived today. Thank you!

Journal Entry 14 by SerendipityN at Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, May 28, 2018
These short stories were ok but won't leave a lasting impression, I'm afraid. I couldn't relate to any of the narrators and I enjoyed his Buried Giant much more.


Journal Entry 15 by SerendipityN at Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, May 28, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (5/28/2018 UTC) at Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany

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BaiLong asked to be skipped so the book is travelling to Canada now to spend some time with mcsar.

Journal Entry 16 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, June 15, 2018
The book has arrived. Thank you, SerendipityN. I will read it soon and keep the bookray going.

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Updated Jun 27, 2018

Unlike most of the previous bookcrossers, I enjoyed this collection of short stories. I agreed with Lindasaurus as I enjoyed atmospheric stories, and this set evoke a lingering sense of regret and disillusionment.

The book will continue on its journey to the next reader in the bookray soon.

Journal Entry 17 by wingmcsarwing at Next Reader, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 06, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (7/6/2018 UTC) at Next Reader, Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Going to the next reader in the ray. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 18 by wingjudygreeneyeswing at San Diego, California USA on Thursday, July 12, 2018
The book has arrived in sunny San Diego -- thanks mcsar! I already read and enjoyed the first story, "Crooner". I will get it moving as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 19 by wingjudygreeneyeswing at San Diego, California USA on Saturday, August 04, 2018
I enjoyed this compilation of five somewhat interconnected short stories from this great author. The stories were a bit odd and quirky. I think the one that sticks with me the most is the one that takes place in the fancy hotel in which some famous and not-so-famous patients are recovering from plastic surgery. Very odd, but funny and poignant also.

I'm the last reader on the list, since BookLovinMama asked to be skipped. Posted it back on the Bookray forum list and 3 more people signed on:
nimrodiel
tagesman
Femke85

Journal Entry 20 by wingnimrodielwing at Evanston, Illinois USA on Friday, September 14, 2018
This arrived today. I am in the middle of two books right now, so will pick this up as soon as I finish one or both, as my reading time is mostly commute reading these days.

Journal Entry 21 by wingnimrodielwing at Evanston, Illinois USA on Friday, November 02, 2018
It took me a little bit to get into this collection, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Like Judygreeneyes before me, I really enjoyed the story about the musician recovering from plastic surgery. I think it and the last story Nocturnes were my favorites, although I enjoyed all of them at least a little bit. I will be PM-ing the next recipient and trying to get this in the mail soon.

Journal Entry 22 by tagesmann at Rotherham, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 13, 2018
Arrived yesterday

Journal Entry 23 by tagesmann at Kiveton Park, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 10, 2019
Not a bad collection. Some strong, interesting and punchy stories. I do like short stories that leave you wanting more, but where you don't need any more for the story to be complete in iteslef. Very clever.

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