Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Day 283 - Waiting on Wednesday [28]


One of the most celebrated writers of our time gives us his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character.

A once-popular singer, desperate to make a comeback, turning from the one certainty in his life . . . A man whose unerring taste in music is the only thing his closest friends value in him . . . A struggling singer-songwriter unwittingly involved in the failing marriage of a couple he’s only just met . . . A gifted, underappreciated jazz musician who lets himself believe that plastic surgery will help his career . . . A young cellist whose tutor promises to “unwrap” his talent . . .

Passion or necessity—or the often uneasy combination of the two—determines the place of music in each of these lives. And, in one way or another, music delivers each of them to a moment of reckoning: sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes just eluding their grasp.
An exploration of love, need, and the ineluctable force of the past, Nocturnes reveals these individuals to us with extraordinary precision and subtlety, and with the arresting psychological and emotional detail that has marked all of Kazuo Ishiguro’s acclaimed works of fiction.


Reason: Music is an important thing in so many people's lives - including mine. Beautiful lyrics with equally beautiful sounds can really soothe the soul or change someone's mood completely. NOCTURNES sounds like it will be a really good book. I'm interested in seeing how each story turns out and the importance of music to each of them.

Cover Discussion: It's beautiful. I love the haziness of the picture and the soothing choice of color =)

Nocturnes will be released September 22nd!

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Mary said...

Mishel, :D Great choice!!!

Falling Off The Shelf said...

I like the cover too! I haven't been too big with music lately, and am probably completely behind on what's cool now, lol. I only ever listen to music in the car, and I'm hardly ever in there anymore! lol.

Lizzy said...

Well, this isn't my usual type of book, but it does sound interesting. I'll have to add it to my TBR!

Diane said...

I can't wait to read this one. Great pick.

Teddyree said...

Absolutely love the cover, can't wait to see what you think and then I'll decide LOL.
Mt TBR is about to enter landslide territory!

Ladytink_534 said...

Love this cover. Looks almost ghostly!

Steph Su said...

It looks good. Have you read Ishiguro's other books? What do you think of them? I've been needing a push to actually read them!

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