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Although Kazuo Ishiguro has spent much of his career writing about small events in the lives of modest people, there is nothing modest about his accomplishments. His immaculate prose is unassuming to the point of near-invisibility, like a lake whose still surface belies the turbulent currents beneath. And he has mastered the art of creating characters whose statements mean more than they say. Why nightfall, though? The opening story takes place largely at night, and so do parts of the others.

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Traditionally such nocturnal sentiments include regret, chagrin, melancholy, perhaps a dash of ennui — the pastel twilight tones at the lighter end of the spectrum that darken to gloom, rage and black despair. In his new volume of short fiction, subtitled Five Stories of Music and Nightfall , Kazuo Ishiguro, himself a musician he is a guitarist and former chorister , sets himself the challenge of capturing in language the evanescent qualities of music and dusk.

His records were an escape from the grim privations of communism. For the sake of her memory, Janeck decides that he must speak to Gardner. It is an achingly romantic gesture in which Janeck discovers the ache, rather than the romance, predominates. She is recovering from a facelift in an annexe of a plush hotel that doubles as an expensive nursing home. Her neighbour in the next room, the narrator, a talented but unsuccessful jazz saxophonist, has been persuaded by his manager that surgery will provide the boost that his career urgently needs.

They strike up a strange, impersonal intimacy, roaming the darkened hotel, talking of fame, talent, beauty and the nature of true love. The perishability of love and the fragility of talent haunt these narratives. On a first reading they appear inexpressive: the diction stilted, the narrative one-note, the plot devices wayward. Yet his prose is notable for what, in music, would be described as upper partials — intervals that resonate after a note is struck.

One turns away, thinking the narratives one-note. Yet they resonate long after the book is set aside. Read the Sunday Telegraph review. Love puzzles? Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. Books on Amazon. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill's life. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

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Capturing the magic of one art form through the prism of another is a tricky business. In his seventh book, Kazuo Ishiguro attempts just that, building to a crescendo throughout "Five Stories of Music and Nightfall". Of course, what makes a great musical number, a piece that transcends fashion, is its peculiarity, its uniqueness. It's the draw and impact of this nebulous quality that Ishiguro manages to convey with wit and heart in these tales. The narrator of the first story, "Crooner", is Janeck, a Polish guitarist entertaining the tourists in Venice's Piazza San Marco one crisp spring morning. Once famous, Tony is now in the twilight of his career and holidaying with his wife Lindy.

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Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

Traditionally such nocturnal sentiments include regret, chagrin, melancholy, perhaps a dash of ennui — the pastel twilight tones at the lighter end of the spectrum that darken to gloom, rage and black despair. In his new volume of short fiction, subtitled Five Stories of Music and Nightfall , Kazuo Ishiguro, himself a musician he is a guitarist and former chorister , sets himself the challenge of capturing in language the evanescent qualities of music and dusk. His records were an escape from the grim privations of communism. For the sake of her memory, Janeck decides that he must speak to Gardner. It is an achingly romantic gesture in which Janeck discovers the ache, rather than the romance, predominates. She is recovering from a facelift in an annexe of a plush hotel that doubles as an expensive nursing home. Her neighbour in the next room, the narrator, a talented but unsuccessful jazz saxophonist, has been persuaded by his manager that surgery will provide the boost that his career urgently needs.

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