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The Remains of the Day (1989)

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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I loved this book. Excellently written. A great story teller. Bringing to life a tale that could well have been hidden behind the silver. ( )
  allysonrabbott | Jul 24, 2015 |
Feels rather like a Japanese novel, as in powerful emotions are buried deep. No fuss is given to events that are turning points in life. ( )
  StanleyPhang | Jul 18, 2015 |
Beautiful and subtle in every sense. Ishiguro's prose is unparalleled. ( )
  novewong | Jul 8, 2015 |
Man Booker Prize ( )
  dugmel | Jun 5, 2015 |
I was very impressed by how Ishiguro managed to convey so much emotion in such spare & unemotional writing! I deliberately took my time reading this but this would have been easy to read in one or two big gulps.

Stevens, butler of Darlington Hall, is a man completely out of touch with his own emotions. I wondered at first if he was putting up a front or pretending for some reason (pride perhaps) but by the end, it was clear that he really didn't have any idea of his own feelings.

In the process of showing us this man, Ishiguro also provides us with a look at some of the pro-German British in the years leading up to World War II. While Stevens denies that Lord Darlington was a fascist and an anti-Semite, he then goes on to illustrate his point with reminiscences which belie his position.

Before reading this book, I had seen the movie. Based on that, I thought of this book as being about that part of history but my feeling after reading the book is that this just provided an interesting backdrop to the story of Stevens the man. Perhaps that is because the book is written in the first person, in the form of a journal, whilst the film of necessity is more outside looking in at Stevens, Miss Kenton, and the other occupants of Darlington Hall. It presents a more objective feeling to the action than the book does. ( )
  leslie.98 | May 31, 2015 |
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We can work out the date of Stevens's expedition ... Ominous dates. ... the Suez crisis dominated British current affairs. ... Stevens is not returning to a golden evening ... there are no remains -- except in the sense of `corpse'.
added by KayCliff | editWhere was Rebecca shot?, John Sutherland (Mar 5, 1998)
 
The Remains of the Day is too much a roman à thèse, and a judgmental one besides. Compared to his astounding narrative sophistication, Ishiguro's message seems quite banal: Be less Japanese, less bent on dignity, less false to yourself and others, less restrained and controlled. The irony is that it is precisely Ishiguro's beautiful restraint and control that one admires, and, in the case of the last novel [The Remains of the Day], his nerve in setting up such a high-wire act for himself.
added by jburlinson | editNew York Review of Books, Gabriele Annan (pay site) (Dec 7, 1989)
 
Kazuo Ishiguro's tonal control of Stevens' repressive yet continually reverberating first-person voice is dazzling. So is his ability to present the butler from every point on the compass: with affectionate humor, tart irony, criticism, compassion and full understanding. It is remarkable, too, that as we read along in this strikingly original novel, we continue to think not only about the old butler, but about his country, its politics and its culture.
 

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In memory of Mrs Lenore Marshall.
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It seems increasingly likely that I really will undertake the expedition that has been preoccupying my imagination now for some days.
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The English landscape at its finest—such as I saw this morning—possesses a quality that the landscapes of other nations, however more superficially dramatic, inevitably fail to possess. It is, I believe, a quality that will mark out the English landscape to any objective observer as the most deeply satisfying in the world, and this quality is probably best summed up by the term 'greatness.' And yet what precisely is this greatness? I would say that it is the very lack of obvious drama or spectacle that sets the beauty of our land apart. What is pertinent is the calmness of that beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, of its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it.
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A butler looks back over his career at a fine English country house while on a trip to visit a former colleague.
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The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second World War, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him -- oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, pitch-perfect novel -- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.

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The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second World War, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him -- oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, pitch-perfect novel -- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.… (more)

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