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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
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The Remains of the Day (original 1989; edition 2005)

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Title:The Remains of the Day
Authors:Kazuo Ishiguro
Info:Faber and Faber (2005), Paperback, 272 pages
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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)

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The hero in this story is a very comic figure.
The size of his self-awareness is the size of his emotional detachment - of himself and from the environment.
I found myself laughing quite a bit during reading but mostly liked the way its character built; Is very predictable and defined.

This is the first book I have read by Ishiguro and certainly not the last one. ( )
  Lithamerrsmith | Jan 13, 2019 |
It’s like a series of little interconnected essays, linked beautiful little stories. It’s something that teaches you, in this case about work and dignity.

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“..... the many tensions produced by a hard day.”

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The lords feel entitled not to work, and the butlers think that there’s nothing to life except to work, so it becomes a very sad story, much more tragic than at first it seemed.

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But you have the rest of your life....
  smallself | Dec 30, 2018 |
The Remains of the Day will never be a favorite novel -- the life of British butlers and aristocrats isn't really my thing -- but Ishiguro gets lots of bonus points for creating a consistent, believable character in Mr. Stevens, an aging butler who goes on a short motoring trip and reflects on his career and employers. Ishiguro presents a figure who is, by turns, tragic, funny, and a little tedious as he tells his stories; that combination makes Stevens feel very real.

(There's more on my blog about The Remains of the Day, here.) ( )
  LizoksBooks | Dec 15, 2018 |
Beautifully written and quietly heartbreaking. I adore the way the story is slowly rolled out through Stevens' slightly unreliable memories while he takes a solo car tour late in his life. As a character, he's endearing and maddening. I was caught off guard by tears more than once. ( )
  sprainedbrain | Dec 1, 2018 |
Lovely, lovely, lovely book. But at the same time almost tragic. Stevens the butler, the main character of the tale, has a fatal flaw that makes him a spectacularly good butler, but a very, very flawed human being. That flaw is the total and complete lack of self awareness. He obviously cares for Miss Kenton, but he never ever acknowledges his feelings to her or to himself. He ends up giving his all for his job, to an employer who is also very, very flawed and does not deserve his dedication. Sadly poignant and beautiful. ( )
  AliceAnna | Nov 1, 2018 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679731725, Paperback)

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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