Reviews from the UK:
"A brilliant new book . . . Art, its dangers, its pains and its gaiety [are] all topics seriously considered in this accomplished book."
-Frank Kermode, "London Review of Books
"Spellbinding . . . Each of these stories is heartbreaking in its own way, but some have moments of great comedy, and they all require a level of attention that, typically, Ishiguro's writing rewards . . . The final story [is] exquisite."
""By now it is clear that this exquisite stylist is serious in his pursuit of a minimal-perhaps even universal-mode of expression for the emotional experiences that define our lives as human. "Nocturnes" is a set of poised and playful reflections on the falling away of sentiment . . . These stories recall Ishiguro's best known novel, "The Remains of the Day." In their surreal touches they resonate with "The Unconsoled." And in their deceptively simple exploration of love and loss, they build on the achievement of "Never Let Me Go.""
"It is hardly surprising that a writer as resonant, and as emotionally pitch-perfect, as Kazuo Ishiguro should be so keen on music . . . [The title story's] set-up is so beautifully engineered that it left me simultaneously gasping in admiration and shaking with laughter."
"These stories come up on you quietly, in Ishiguro's strangely weightless style [and] haunt you for days . . . A nocturne is a piece of music inspired by, or evocative of, the night . . . These little pieces could only be the work of a great composer."
""Chopin is the composer most associated with the form [of the nocturne], bringing to it grace and beauty, fragility and poise, qualities conspicuous in this diverting collection of five stories by Kazuo Ishiguro . . . Serious as Ishiguro's intentions surely are, in these well-tempered, witty and droll stories he is more playful than he has ever been."
-"Glasgow Heraldshow more