TurnipSeed Travel is pleased to welcome and introduce Benjamin Szweda who has contributed this guest post. Please read more about him below!
Countries: Italy, UK, USA
Nocturnes is a collection of five short stories. My favourite of the five is the first, which is titled "Crooner." This particular story set in Venice, Italy, follows a couple on their last trip. Their surprise interaction with a musician from a local cafe is a memorable experience for all the fictional characters involved. Whether working his piazza or playing his guitar in a gondola, this foreign musician helps the couple relive the happiest moments of their years together.
Having read Ishiguro's Remains of the Day I cannot say I am a fan of his writing across the board. This collection however seemed a pleasant difference. Ishiguro's active descriptions were truly powerful tools that made the characters dance across the pages. While the stories are short and some may find they end with a few details not satisfactorily concluded, the narratives are just long enough to spark one’s imagination to develop an alternative ending. Anyone with an appreciation for the power and magic of travel, or someone looking to discover such a mind, will find this book a fast, but inspiring and enjoyable read. Travel however need not be a direct goal or interest of the reader. The included stories present relationships of all kinds and music in fascinating and thought provoking ways.
I was travelling when I discovered this book; it was an advert in a London Tube station that caught my attention. At the time, having recently experienced the cafes and street artists in the piazzas and plazas of Italy and Spain, it was the first story in this collection that led me to purchase the book. Reading the vividly depicted stories helped drift my mind through memories of past travels and invoked in me a strong desire to soon travel and experience the magic of music and a foreign night all over again.
This book is available in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook forms on Amazon. If you require free international shipping you can purchase the hardcover or paperback version from the Book Depository.
Our guest poster Benjamin Szweda is a freelance copywriter and editor currently living in his hometown of Cleveland, OH, USA. In addition to travel and reading he is passionate about health and fitness. Currently studying for the National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Training Certificate, he enjoys weight training, biking and cooking.