Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

by Kazuo Ishiguro | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780571245017 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lisolachenonce of Pisa, Toscana Italy on 2/24/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by lisolachenonce from Pisa, Toscana Italy on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Mi aspettavo di più dall'autore di "Quel che resta del giorno" e "L'artista del mondo fluttuante".
Piacevole e a tratti inaspettato, ma stranamente molto poco musicale........
Buona lettura :)

ISCRITTI AL RING:

ElenaEffe (Pisa)
MartinaViola (Latina)
maracujia (Milano/Lodi)
maddap (MI)
mickymicky (Alba Adriatica)
tilly77 (Cesena)
TORNATO A CASA

Journal Entry 2 by ElenaEffe on Saturday, April 24, 2010
Inauguro questo ring :-)

Journal Entry 3 by ElenaEffe at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Mi sono molto divertita a leggere in inglese questi racconti di Ishiguro. Non sono certo all'altezza dei romanzi ma hanno una loro eleganza velata di nostalgia. La lingua è semplice e la lettura scorre agilmente anche per chi, come me, da molti anni ormai è a digiuno di esercizio.

Journal Entry 4 by ElenaEffe at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Spedisco a MartinaViola :-)

Journal Entry 5 by MartinaViola at Latina, Lazio Italy on Saturday, July 31, 2010
Kazuo è arrivato chez moi! :)

Ho ancora qualche ring da smaltire, ma farò del mio meglio per non trattenerlo troppo a lungo... :D

Journal Entry 6 by MartinaViola at Latina, Lazio Italy on Sunday, December 19, 2010
Ishiguro è pronto a partire alla volta di maracujia! finalmente, direte voi... xD mi scuso per averlo trattenuto così a lungo.

di ishiguro avevo letto soltanto "non lasciarmi" e ne ero rimasta molto colpita. ovviamente questi racconti non fanno lo stesso effetto di quel romanzo straordinario, ma li immagino come cinque finestre che affacciano su strade diverse. strade in cui la musica accompagna una scelta, una svolta che cambierà la vita di qualcuno, oppure porta con sè ricordi del passato, di un io che credevamo perduto. La musica, così come il crepuscolo, riesce ad allentare le maschere che ci infiliamo addosso e a rivelarci per quello che siamo. Possiamo credere al lieto fine oppure no, sta a noi decidere.

La scrittura è fluida e ricca di un'ironia che serve a sdrammatizzare situazioni che altrimenti risulterebbero grottesche o romantiche ai limite del patetico.

p.s. c'avete fatto caso che uno dei personaggi ritorna in due racconti?
immagino di si, ma io non l'ho capito subito... sarà stata la stanchezza! :P

grazie della bella lettura! :)

Journal Entry 7 by maracujia at the mail, Ring/Ray book -- Controlled Releases on Monday, January 3, 2011
Arrivato oggi!

Journal Entry 8 by maracujia at Milano, Lombardia Italy on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Ishiguro si è confermato uno scrittore malinconico e soave.
5 racconti che hanno per protagonista la musica ma che raccontano con delicatezza il crepuscolo, quello del giorno, che diventa un momento romantico e misterioso, e quello, molto più difficile da affrontare, dei rapporti umani.
Crepuscolo di amori, amicizie e di vite legati tra di loro con una lunga catena di note.

Continuo a preferire "Never let me go", ma anche questi racconti sono stati una bella lettura.

Journal Entry 9 by maddap at Milano, Lombardia Italy on Friday, August 5, 2011
Passaggio a mano riuscito, il libro e' qui.

Journal Entry 10 by maddap at Milano, Lombardia Italy on Monday, December 5, 2011
I racconti sono "carini", ma sicuramente non e' l'Ishiguro migliore. Sono comunque interessanti le riflessioni sul ruolo dell'artista e soprattutto su cosa si intende per "successo", sia in campo artistico che umano. Chissa' se i temi sono autobiografici...non deve essere facile per uno scrittore mantenersi "duro e puro" con i propri principi, cercare di rimanere sulla cresta dell'onda e contemporaneamente rapportarsi in maniera "normale" con le persone che gli stanno piu' vicino.
La musica nel libro c'e', ma e' nascosta dall'amarezza e da un senso di fallimento che pervade tutte le storie.
Mi scuso per aver tenuto cosi' tanto il libro, grazie della pazienza, lisola.
In viaggio verso mickymicky.

Journal Entry 11 by mickymicky at Alba Adriatica, Abruzzo Italy on Monday, December 12, 2011
Arrivato oggi, grazie!

Journal Entry 12 by mickymicky at Alba Adriatica, Abruzzo Italy on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Lettura terminata. Ho trovato questi racconti piacevoli e coinvolgenti. Grazie del ring

Journal Entry 13 by tilly77 at Cesena, Emilia Romagna Italy on Monday, January 16, 2012
Arrivato, va un po' in coda...

Journal Entry 14 by tilly77 at Cesena, Emilia Romagna Italy on Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Dall'autore di The remains of the day (l'unico letto, e apprezzato, finora) mi aspettavo qualcosa di più... La musica come filo conduttore è interessante, ma questi racconti lasciano un senso di incompiuto, e i personaggi sembrano sempre sul punto di rivelare una caratterizzazione originale e a tutto tondo senza mai mantenere la promessa.

Pronto per tornare a casa, grazie!!

Journal Entry 15 by tilly77 at -- via posta o passaggio a mano --, Emilia Romagna Italy on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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l'ho spedito il 2 maggio, speriamo trovi la strada di casa presto...

Journal Entry 16 by lisolachenonce at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Il libro è tornato a casa :)

Journal Entry 17 by lisolachenonce at OCZ-PharmastazionePisa in Pisa, Toscana Italy on Monday, July 2, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (7/2/2012 UTC) at OCZ-PharmastazionePisa in Pisa, Toscana Italy

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Buona lettura, lascia un commento e dopo averlo letto, lascia questo libro in un luogo pubblico per dargli la possibilità di passare ad altri lettori.

Journal Entry 18 by Thongor at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The book is avaible to everybody in Pharmastazione
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Journal Entry 19 by kaiou at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Thursday, March 6, 2014
Primo: giuro, non sono uno stalker, e trovavo un sacco dei tuoi (lisola) libri in giro per Pisa già prima di iniziare a fare le je! Questa volta stavo innocentemente aspettando in stazione, volevo qualcosa di leggere ed una raccolta di racconti e perfetta da spiluccare un treno alla volta.

Secondo: wow, non avevo mai trovato un libro così vissuto!

Terzo: vado a leggere.

Journal Entry 20 by kaiou at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Quarto: il mio commento a Nocturnes.
Davvero una bella (complicata) scoperta.

Visto che è presente in tantissime wishlist, cercandolo, mi permetto di organizzare un ring internazionale e spedire il libro a visitare un po' il mondo :-)

Journal Entry 21 by kaiou at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
IN THE (SECOND) RING:

kaiou, Italy
Tarna, Finland
-Kata-, Finland
Askeladda, Norway
vaga-bonde, Switzerland
Bookworm-lady, Spain
Lamilla, Belarus
Croquignolle, Switzerland
LilyKlip, Germany
tohweiee, Malaysia
carelaisa, Canada <--
MmeClinton, USA
azuki, USA
valpete, USA

PM me or write in the forum thread to join later, anytime!

Journal Entry 22 by Tarna at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, March 24, 2014
It's here — and looking so yummy. Thank you, kaiou!

Journal Entry 23 by Tarna at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I'm sorry it took me this long to read Nocturnes. I loved the opening story, Crooner but then... I truly struggled through Come Rain or Come Shine. Reading the story took weeks — and I didn't read anything else in between. It is a good story, and well-written, of course, but... I was afraid it would turn out something like Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles, but I really should have trusted ishiguro more. Wasn't too fond of the next story, Malvern Hills either, maybe because I didn't much like the first-person narrator. Nocturne has one character we already know from Crooner. And I so enjoyed this story! Loved it. I also liked the closing story, Cellists even if it's ending is a bit too open to my taste. I would have liketd to know a tiny bit more about Tibor today.
All in all, I liked the book and am glad that I read it. Ishiguro is a masterful writer, and I like short stories. Still, I think he should stick to longer prose. That's where he is at his best, IMO.

Thank you so much for allowing me to read this this little book, kaiou!

I was planning to take Nocturnes with me to our local meet-up tonight and give it to -kata-. I didn't, however, make it to there. I'll mail the book asap.

Journal Entry 24 by Tarna at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, April 24, 2014

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In the mailbox. If everything goes as planned, -kata- will get the book tomorrow. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 25 by -Kata- at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, April 27, 2014
This arrived on Friday (2 days ago) but I didn't get a chance to journal it until now.
How exciting, my very first ring book!! :D
Tarna (thank you!) made and included such a beautiful music themed bookmark that I suggest we all send it along with this book all the way to kaiou.

Journal Entry 26 by -Kata- at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, May 2, 2014
I have slightly mixed feelings about this. All of the novels began very interestingly and I had high hopes for them but somehow the endings were always a bit disappointing. Too much was left open. And usually I like open endings where the reader is trusted to draw her/his own conclusions; these were wide open...
But I enjoyed the atmosphere and the language, so all in all I was happy to read this book!

I'll send the book forward as soon as I get the address.

Journal Entry 27 by -Kata- at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Off to Askeladda by mail. Enjoy! :)
The lovely bookmark is made by Tarna.

Journal Entry 28 by wingAskeladdawing at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Thursday, May 8, 2014
Thank you for sending the book,Kata, and for the nice selfmade bookmark by Tarna; musicalnotes and a Butterfly, I liked it a lot! A very kind surprise to rescive in themailbox today:)

Journal Entry 29 by wingAskeladdawing at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Friday, May 9, 2014
Read the first short story on my way Home from work today and liked a lot the way he is writing. Looking forward to the rest of them. I have never read anything by this author before.

Journal Entry 30 by wingAskeladdawing at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Thursday, May 22, 2014
Finished reading! I enjoyed the book, but I agree with former readers; the short stories were too short, I wanted to know more about the characters and what happened to them after the story has ended. They are in a way "too open" in their end. I have never read anything by this author before, now I look forward to read one of his novels, I liked his way of writing and the music flowing in and out if the stories.

The book is ready to travel as soon as I got the next readers adress.

Journal Entry 31 by wingAskeladdawing at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Monday, May 26, 2014

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On it's way to the next reader, in the heart of Europe.
Happy readings!

Til deg som finner boka sier jeg: velkommen til bookcrossing!
Takk for at du tok vare på boka!

Skriv gjerne en kommentar JE (journal entry) så vet vi at boka er trygt hos deg. Jeg blir glad om du vil skrive hvor du fant boken. Senere kan du skrive hva du synes om boken når du har lest den.

Slipp den gjerne fri igjen, eller gi den til en venn. Da kan du også skrive hvordan du lar boken reise videre, slik at vi kan følge den på reisen. På det skandinaviske forumet deler vi gleden over bøkenes vandring i verden.

Du kan være anonym om du vil. Eller du kan bli medlem (join). Det er gratis. Din e -post adresse blir ikke oppgitt eller videreformidlet til noen. Du får ikke spam. Som medlem kan du følge boka videre reiserute. Du må gjerne referere til meg, Askeladda, som den som gjorde deg kjent med BC.

Under fanen 'Samfunn' vil du finne bokinteresserte mennesker fra mange land. Det er skandinaviske og internasjonale forum hvor du kan delta i bokpraten. Bookcrossere er generøse, vennlige mennesker, bare prøv!

Håper du vil like boka du har funnet!
Les den, skriv et lite bokslipp notat og la boka reise videre!

Journal Entry 32 by wingvaga-bondewing at Pregny-Chambésy, Genève Switzerland on Sunday, June 1, 2014
The book got to me in Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday. I see it's travelled quite a bit already!
Thanks Askeladda for sending it along with the nice postcard, and Tarna for providing the beautiful bookmark that goes with it!

Journal Entry 33 by wingvaga-bondewing at Pregny-Chambésy, Genève Switzerland on Monday, June 9, 2014

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I liked the stories and the fact that they revolved around music and strained relashionships, and enjoyed finding some of the same characters in several of them. The only one I really didn't enjoy was the second one which I found contrived and exagerated.
Mailed this morning to Bookworm-lady.

Journal Entry 34 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
And the book is here... and what a well-travelled book it is!
Thanks so much, Vaga-bonde, for taking the time and writing a note to me.
And I love the music notes / butterfly bookmark provided by Tarna, it's really beautiful.
Thanks for making this book available to all of us, kaiou, I am looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 35 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Saturday, August 9, 2014
Currently reading it; I will let Lamilla know... :)

Journal Entry 36 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I really enjoyed these short stories, Mr Ishiguro is a very accomplished writer, and is really capable of being successful at so many different genres!
Although I found the main character in all stories slightly similar (well, he plays different instruments!), these are really enjoyable short stories, and I'm very glad I've had the chance to read this well-travelled book.
Soon to continue on its way to Lamilla.
Thanks for sharing this book with us! A great read in a most stressful time.

Journal Entry 37 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Sent today to Lamilla, in Belarus.
Enjoy!!

Journal Entry 38 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Update: This is taking an unusually long time to reach Lamilla; I have just checked with her, and she still has not received it.
Let's hope for the best and keep our fingers crossed; once I had a book returned to me from Belarus, due to a missing Custom Declaration sticker.
I might even replace it if it has gone missing, as I really enjoyed it and would like everyone else to have the same chance.

Journal Entry 39 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Saturday, October 25, 2014
It took a while, but the book is finally here! Looking forward to reading it when I'm back home

ETA: I read the book in the following order
Crooner - That was quite a harsh look on America and Americans! Beautiful story, though
Cellist - Very nice and true to life"
Nocturne - What was that about? And she again. Dialogues were nice, though
Come rain or come shine - They are all mad!

He capture human reactions with amazing accuracy. One of my fav. writers for sure

Journal Entry 40 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Friday, November 7, 2014
Is going to Croquignolle next

Journal Entry 41 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (12/11/2014 UTC) at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus

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Sent today

You've found a travelling book. Hurray!
The book's journey continues by its finder's cooperation and creativity. By making a journal entry on this book, you can add to the book's story as it travels from reader to reader around the world.
Enjoy your reading!

Привет!
Спасибо, что нашли время зайти на сайт и сделать запись в журнале! Напишите, когда и где вы нашли книгу.
Перед тем, как попасть ко мне, она побывала в других уголках света. История ее путешествий записана на сайте, и теперь к ней добавился еще один пункт. Я очень рада, что она нашла нового читателя в вашем лице.

Journal Entry 42 by wingCroquignollewing at Sierre, Valais / Wallis Switzerland on Friday, December 19, 2014
The book arrived today in the Swiss Alps. Thanks Lamilla. It's great to get a letter from Belarus. Have a wonderful Xmas !

27/12/14 : Nice stories but it's not that easy for me to be able to pick up the details, romance and poetry when reading in english. It was my first Ishiguro's book. I'll read some others soon. Thanks for this interesting ring.

Journal Entry 43 by wingCroquignollewing at Sierre, Valais / Wallis Switzerland on Monday, December 29, 2014

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The book is on his way to LilyKlip in Germany. Have a nice trip !

Journal Entry 44 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Thursday, January 8, 2015
Crooners: A nice little story but I didn't like any of the characters: sad old star who gives up the wife he loves for a possible comeback, the wife, a woman whose biggest achievement in life was to marry a star, and a musician who is basically kissing the star's feet.

Come rain or come shine: I agree with Lamilla: They are all mad! And again, I found all three of the characters very unlikeable.

Normally I would stop reading at this point because this doesn't seem to be my kind of thing. But the next story is called "Malvern Hills" and I lived an worked there for half a year in 2000/2001. So, I'm going to give that story a chance.

Malvern Hills: Well, I'm glad I kept reading. I really enjoyed this one (and really wanna go visit Malvern again now!) but somehow I thought the story seemed unfinished.

Nocturnes: Not sure about this one but better than the first two in the book.

Cellist: ?

This was my first experience with Ishiguro (other than having watched but not read The Remains of the Day) and I don't think it's my cup of tea. The writing is good but the stories and the characters do not appeal to me that much.

I'll pass this on in the next few days. Thank you for sharing it!

Journal Entry 45 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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On its way to Malaysia. Safe travels!

Journal Entry 46 by tohweiee at Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on Saturday, March 21, 2015
I have just realised that I haven't journaled the book. I actually received it some time back and am already halfway through the book. I've got two more stories to go and should be able to send it along by next week.

Will journal again once I'm done.

Thanks for sending it to me LilyKlip. I've been quite busy and haven't gotten round to sending you the book I promised. But it will come... soon :)

Journal Entry 47 by tohweiee at Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on Saturday, March 28, 2015
I finished the book this morning. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped. Of the five stories, only one made an impression on me.

Anyway, it's time to pass it along. I have contacted Carelaisa for her address but as yet, there has been no response. I will try PM-ing her again, just in case she didn't get the first PM.

Journal Entry 48 by tohweiee at Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Have finally sent it along. It's now on its way to Carelaisa in Canada. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 49 by wingcarelaisawing at Québec, Québec Canada on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Rec'd the book yesterday.

I am looking forward to read it :)

Journal Entry 50 by wingcarelaisawing at Québec, Québec Canada on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Five lovely stories, all revolving around the theme of love. I liked how the author used it and also how some of the characters were in more than one story. There’s a depth in Ishiguro’s writing, one that brings out another level of emotions out of the characters, giving more dimension to them. I can’t pinpoint one story that I like more than the others, all had charm and wittiness, as well seriousness and consciousness. I wasn’t disappointed by this collection of stories.

Will pm the next reader to get this book moving!

EDIT: the book is in the mail since July 27, 2015!

Journal Entry 51 by wingMmeClintonwing at South Berwick, Maine USA on Friday, August 21, 2015
This little book of five stories came to me as part of a book ring, so it had to be on top of the to-be-read pile! Basically it was easy to read one story each night. Although all the stories tie together with music (often aspiring musicians), I think the real tie running through all the stories is relationships, frequently troubled ones, into which a third party almost stumbles. The voices of the narrators (all first person, and all the third party who somehow pulls it all together) are yearning and confused and sometimes playful, yet the stories seem sad to me overall. Yes, youth fades and relationships often seem underpinned by mismatches and misunderstandings, but even the music threading through these stories doesn't seem to impart much joy; I think it should! Nice wee book from a talented writer. The next person on the list says she has already read it, so that leaves only Valpete, so I will contact her.

Journal Entry 52 by wingMmeClintonwing at South Berwick, Maine USA on Sunday, August 23, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (8/21/2015 UTC) at South Berwick, Maine USA

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Sent in the mail to good bookcrossing friend Valpete in California who is the last one on the book ring list (the previous one declined)..... good travels!!

Journal Entry 53 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Thursday, August 27, 2015
I've received this book and look forward to reading it. I'm glad I'm at the end of the listing, since I do have a few before this one.

Journal Entry 54 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Friday, November 20, 2015
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read these priceless little stories. Each told of a failed relationship, while the music played in the background. Excellent!

Sending this along to a BookMooch pal.

Journal Entry 55 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Sunday, November 22, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (11/22/2015 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

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Enjoy!

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