The Gilmore Book Club – Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, Discussion #2

August 18, 2021

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On Wednesday, August 25 at 7 PM ET, we will meet virtually to discuss Stories 4: “Nocturne” through Story 5: “Cellists” of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and NightfallParticipants have been emailed a link to the Google Meet. Below you will find the questions we will be discussing at this time.

“Nocturne”:

  1. Why do you think Ishiguro chose to reintroduce Lindy Gardner? How does reading this story change your understanding of “Crooner”? 
  2. “If there was one figure who epitomized for me everything that was shallow and sickening about the world, it was Lindy Gardner: a person with negligible talent . . . who’s managed all the same to become famous” (page 137). In what ways is this idea connected to the other stories in the collection? How much does talent matter in Ishiguro’s world? 
  3. How does being wrapped in bandages and hidden away from the world affect Steve and Lindy’s behavior? Do you think things might have gone differently if their faces were exposed? 

“Cellists”:

  1. How does Eloise influence, and seemingly improve, Tibor’s playing? What power does she hold? 
  2. Eloise says, “You have to understand, I am a virtuoso. But I’m one who’s yet to be unwrapped” (page 212). Why is she convinced of this? Do you believe she’s a virtuoso? Does Tibor?

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