Tom Strugnell

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Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the first book I have read by Kazuo Ishiguro although I am aware of his reputation "Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go" I usually steer clear of short stories finding them either too short or too long. This book is an exception,the musical theme is carried through into each story and characters reappear. The five stories have a simple haunting quality that leaves you thinking about them long after you have finished. I liked the last story "Cellists" it beautifully captures the feeling of a Venice that is winding down from the summer season. "Towards the end of September-there was now a chill in the breeze.The tourist crowds were beginning to thin by then and the cafe waiters… Read more
The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book was recently selected by my local Book Club, so I more or less had to read it. The title and subject including Freud's only visit to New York in 1909 are intriguing and I read through the first two hundred pages or so fairly quickly. The book then goes haywire and loses all credibility. The plot becomes convoluted and at times almost ludicrous, the characters shallow and unbelievable. The narrative darts from one situation to another, I could hardly keep up with what was happening. It is a shame because the descriptions of the New York social scene and the construction of the Manhattan Bridge are interesting. I am afraid overall I found this a disappointing read about three… Read more