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I am a well-documented fan of Kazuo Ishiguro. If you searched my sent emails, you would find pages and pages of extravagant, over-excited recommendations sent out to friends, looking something like this:

“You have to read Never Let Me Go! It is ambiguous without being withholding, and so heartfelt and haunting.”

“OMG–The Remains of the Day–the most subtle book ever. You have to recalibrate to enjoy it, but the narrator is one of the world’s great unreliable narrators…”

A Pale View of Hills has the craziest narrative quirks in the world–how he gets away with it, I don’t know!”

Perhaps, readers, you have received one of said emails?

So, it won’t surprise anyone that I was thrilled to receive Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall for Christmas. It’s been on my wish list since it was released and, on top of being a new Ishiguro book, it’s a collection of semi-linked short stories–my preferred sub-sub-genre.

What will surprise you, and certainly surprised me, is that I was unimpressed, unmoved, totally unenthused about this book. Ugh, nightmare. I almost didn’t post about it because I want to pretend that it’s not true. Read the rest of this entry »