Bei Anbruch der Nacht by Kazuo Ishiguro

Bei Anbruch der Nacht

byKazuo Ishiguro, Barbara Schaden

Kobo ebook | October 2, 2009 | German

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Der neue Ishiguro: humorvoll, leichthändig und ungewöhnlich musikalisch

Die besten Zeiten hat Tony Gardner schon hinter sich – seine Engagements werden rarer, seine Autogramme kaum mehr nachgefragt. Für den Kaffeehausgitarristen Janeck ist der Crooner jedoch das größte Idol. Als sich die beiden in Venedig über den Weg laufen, muss er Gardner einfach ansprechen. Der nutzt die Gelegenheit, um Janeck für den vielleicht wichtigsten Auftritt seines Lebens zu gewinnen: Er will seiner langjährigen Frau ein romantisches Ständchen bringen, in der Hoffnung, dass sie der bröckelnden Ehe noch einmal eine Chance gibt.

Mit dieser und vier weiteren Geschichten hat Kazuo Ishiguro seiner großen Leidenschaft, der Musik, eine Liebeserklärung geschrieben. Von Venedig über London und die Malvern Hills bis nach Hollywood führt sie die Menschen zueinander, spinnt ein Netz zwischen den unterschiedlichsten Persönlichkeiten, Nationalitäten und Schicksalen. Ein betörender Erzählzyklus, der auf eindrucksvolle Weise die Schicksale seiner Figuren mit ihrer Liebe zur Musik verknüpft.

Title:Bei Anbruch der NachtFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 2, 2009Publisher:Karl Blessing VerlagLanguage:German

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ISBN - 10:3641027845

ISBN - 13:9783641027841

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay It's hard for me to pinpoint exactly how I feel about this book. I can't say I'd read it again, or that it was memorable, yet it was beautiful and I don't regret reading it. Never Let Me Go is one of my all time favourite books, and as a musician, I had high hopes for this book. I think something that was unexpected is that the stories weren't all about musicians, like I though it would be; many of the stories revolve simply around music enthusiasts. I will say that one of the tales "Cellists" was pretty spectacular. Overall, I enjoyed this book but I just kind of walked away feeling indifferent about it. There was nothing really to gain from it, they were just kind of simple, sometimes plotless, beautiful vignettes. So if that sounds appealing to you, by all means, read it.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wish it was something more ***CONTAINS SPOILERS*** Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro, was a book I felt compelled to read after reading a review from Heather’s blog over at Book Addict. She mentioned Ishiguro’s beautiful writing and the fact that she read the small book of 5 short stories over a period of two days. Being a book about music and nightfall, I figured it would be a perfect read. Just by viewing the cover, the book looked very romantic – this is also evoked by the words “music and nightfall.” Being a musician myself, I found myself relating to a few of the characters – in Malvern Hills, especially, the main character is seen by his sister and her husband as someone who doesn’t work, despite the fact that he’s working on his music (too many times I feel like I’m seen as being a non-worker – but music truly is something one has to work at). I’ve always seen music as something that brings people together – different cultures may speak different languages but music is universal. In Nocturnes, music does indeed bring people together – in Come Rain or Come Shine, the two main characters were once schoolmates who loved talking about the jazz classics, something another character knows nothing about, and it brings them together despite the fact there are other issues floating around; in Crooner, two characters are brought together over the love of one of the character’s music, and; in Nocturne, the main character is undergoing surgery (in the hopes that it will help make him a star with his music) and while at his recovery spot he befriends an actor who claims he is a great saxophone player. But while music brings these people together, it is also something that tears them apart – in Crooner, the Gardners are seen as having a perfect holiday, while in the end Tony sings to his wife as a farewell as this is their last holiday before they separate for good, and; in Malvern Hills, the young songwriter is drawn towards a Swedish couple who used to perform on the stage together, but are now drifting apart as their differences come forth a little too prominently as they recount their time together. All of these stories are beautiful, yet tragic. There is a light about them – in the writing and in the gentle way Ishiguro uses his words – but then there is also darkness when the reader sees that maybe a relationship wasn’t as it seemed. Each story contains romance, but a sad romance – couples breaking apart, mostly. The only story that is different from this theme is Cellists – a story of a young cello player who finds his mentor in a woman who claims to be a virtuoso, but has never really learned the craft of playing. It was hard to finish the book and actually feel complete. The stories never did come full circle and I felt a bit of an emptiness when I finished. Maybe I had just hoped for something happier. While Ishiguro has a wonderful way with words, he could have written a story about the beauty of music bringing people together, rather than it being a force that pulls people apart. But maybe that’s just me. I had never read anything by Kazuo Ishiguro before and didn’t know what to expect. The book definitely exceeded my expectations, but in the end I wanted something more.
Date published: 2012-01-14