October 2009 Indie Next List
“Each of Kazuo Ishiguro's five short stories stands on its own, but they also read as an ensemble, and their slow and gentle power will carry readers away. The writing is full of heartbreak and loss, full of the sweet music of memory, and full of spare descriptions that paint a picture perfectly. Utterly sublime.”
— Joe Eichman, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
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, cafe 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.
"From the Hardcover edition.