I’m not going to pull a quote from this book because my quotes would all be too long and really you ought to read the whole thing, not just a small part of it. It’s called Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro, 2009. Characterization, and not the music involved, plays the beautiful notes in this book. Famous singers, wives of famous singers, fans of famous singers pretending they don’t listen to their favorite music anymore, musicians playing where they can get a job, traveling musicians, jobless song-writers, a virtuoso or two, an ugly saxophone player who gets plastic surgery to boost his career: these are the characters in these stories. The dialogue shines, the plots run on hilarious lines, and the endings stop in tasteful places. I thank the librarian who put this book on the display this month. I look forward to reading more by this author.


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