The Remains of the Day

  • Title: The Remains of the Day
  • Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Finn Campbell-Notman
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  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Unlimited The Remains of the Day - by Kazuo Ishiguro Finn Campbell-Notman - The Remains of the Day, The Remains of the Day In the summer of Stevens a long serving butler at Darlington Hall decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country The six day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and
    Unlimited The Remains of the Day - by Kazuo Ishiguro Finn Campbell-Notman - The Remains of the Day, The Remains of the Day In the summer of Stevens a long serving butler at Darlington Hall decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country The six day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and

    • Unlimited The Remains of the Day - by Kazuo Ishiguro Finn Campbell-Notman
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    About Kazuo Ishiguro Finn Campbell-Notman


    1. Kazuo Ishiguro or is a British novelist of Japanese origin and Nobel Laureate in Literature 2017 His family moved to England in 1960 Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor s degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master s from the University of East Anglia s creative writing course in 1980 He became a British citizen in 1982 He now lives in London.His first novel, A Pale View of Hills, won the 1982 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize His second novel, An Artist of the Floating World, won the 1986 Whitbread Prize Ishiguro received the 1989 Man Booker prize for his third novel The Remains of the Day His fourth novel, The Unconsoled, won the 1995 Cheltenham Prize His latest novel is The Buried Giant, a New York Times bestseller He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017.His novels An Artist of the Floating World 1986 , When We Were Orphans 2000 , and Never Let Me Go 2005 were all shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945 In 2017, the Swedish Academy awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature, describing him in its citation as a writer who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.


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    1. Kazuo Ishiguro writes the anti haiku instead of consciousness awakening to the immediacy of the immutable natural world, subjective memory is peeled back layer by layer to expose consciousness instead of the joyous eruption of awareness, the tension of the gradual decompression of ignorance instead of a humility that acknowledges the unknowable on its own terms, rambling that tries to fill the chasm of existential angst that has suddenly opened up like a sinkhole in being Yet what his writing sh [...]

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    2. Just announced as Winner of the Nobel Prize 2017 Well deserved Every day, for the past week I ve encouraged myself to start writing this review It feelt impossible to find my words to discuss such a literary masterpiece Who gives me the right to even try After staring blankly at the screen for some time, I finally remembered a beautiful passage that can perfectly describe what I felt about this novel So, I will let the author describe his work Although the quote depicts the magnificent English c [...]

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    3. This is one of the most beautifully mannered, subtle books I ve read in a long, long time Ishiguro s command of prose is perfect there was never a point where I felt that this book wasn t written by a consummate English gentleman s gentleman Remains of the Day is also one of the best examples of first person POV that I ve read Stevens voice is always clear and distinct, and always used to frame the narrative in such a way that the reader is able to see things and guess things which the protagoni [...]

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    4. It s not what happens in this story that s important, it s what doesn t happen It s not what is said, but what is not said.I almost feel like Stevens in a real person and not a fictional character He may well be the most tragic figure I ve had the honor to meet read He tried so hard to do what he thought to be the right thing and in the end it all turned out to the wrong thingI cried for at least a half hour after I finished the final page It was a bittersweet moment when he admitted to his hear [...]

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    5. So Ishiguro has won the noble prize for literature 2017 This quote from the yeasterday s guardian article says it all to me The British author Kazuo Ishiguro said he was both honoured and taken completely by surprise after he was named this year s winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, even initially wondering if the announcement was a case of fake news Part of me feels like an imposter and part of me feels bad that I ve got this before other living writers, said Ishiguro Haruki Murakami, [...]

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    6. The evening s the best part of the day You ve done your day s work Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it I suppose what one really needs at the end of it all, in the twilight of life, is to know that it was worth something, that there was some meaning, some purpose to it Because if it was all in vain, why even try With The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro created a masterpiece, mesmerizing, evocative, subtle, elegant and perfectly crafted, with precise mastery of language, setting and chara [...]

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    7. 4.5 5 StarsKazuo Ishiguro just won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year and this book supports that achievement The Remains of the Day is a wonderful book to close my reading year in 2017.This book was first published in 1989 and since then, there have been countless professional reviews on it that everything I said here although they are my honest opinion would most likely be just something similar to any of those reviews That s why I ll keep this brief The Remains of the Day is a thoroughl [...]

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    8. Beautiful, beautiful book, wonderful writing, great story I am now officially a fan of Ishiguro, a book so different from Never let me go, which was also an incredible story to me This story however is very different but equally high quality, which in my opinion indicates the quality of the writer, able to put down totally different stories, both intriguing in their own way It is beautiful in language, heartbreaking in storyline, gives a view of life in England in between wars and how politics a [...]

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    9. Mood, atmosphere, character Encapsulation of the zeitgeist, social commentary The Remains of the Day delves into the dark side of humanity So much is held within the pages of this marvelous book, the account of one of the last butlers to work at a large manor in England What is Dignity seems to be the major thread that unites all of his different experiences of becoming a largely marginalized person, of becoming someone with a worth different from others The love story is heart wrenching the lev [...]

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    10. Glad Ishiguro Won Nobel in Lit This Novel is in My Top 3 of All Time Most Profound.Regret came shivering through my veins,And bound my tongue in iron chains My soul in prison seem d to be,And ever must if torn from thee The Recall to Affection, Susanna BlamireThere s a shadow hanging over me Oh, yesterday came suddenly Yesterday, Lennon McCartney, 1965It is nearly impossible to describe this novel without at least alluding as I do above to one of the very most heartbreaking scenes in all of lite [...]

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    11. Why did I wait so many years to read this book It s beautiful I loved it so much that I finished it in almost one sitting I feel a bit like Mr Stevens, sitting on the pier at the end of the story, wondering how his life could have been different While Mr Stevens is thinking of a lost love I m thinking of the bad books that could have been avoided if I had picked up Ishiguro instead.I ll keep the synopsis brief, since most of my GR friends have already read this The story is told by Mr Stevens, a [...]

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    12. this book is full of butlers

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    13. When work is a pleasure, life is a joy When work is a duty, life is slavery Maxim Gorky.I bought this novel in tandem with Never Let Me Go, a book that proved to be so tedious I abandoned it, preferring to watch paint dry instead.Nevertheless, I was prepared to give Ishiguro the benefit of the doubt, wipe the slate clean and start afresh.The story is told from the POV of Mr Stevens, English butler to Mr Farraday, his nouveau riche American master I invite you to imagine Mr Stevens to be an amalg [...]

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    14. When I had merely read about 30 or so pages of this book, I must confess I was debating whether or not to continue with it, given the unbearably slow pacing of the plot.And then when I had finally reached the end, I couldn t help but feel immensely thankful to my own better judgement against giving it up Since by that time I had been reduced to a pathetic, blubbering mass of emotions and tears, teetering on the verge of a major breakdown and marvelling at the writer s remarkable achievement at t [...]

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    15. As far as I could see this was like a maid and a butler in one of those British mansions that lords live in and they didn t shag each other End of This for than 200 pages It s like I could organise interesting snail races Even if the snails fell asleep it would be eventful than this book I would say that this book is supposed to be good and they made a film but this is a very good example of why literature is being replaced by computer games You will not see a computer game called Remains of [...]

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    16. Don t let your principles steal your judgment, your feelings, your life This novel like all of Kazuo Ishiguro s work has many quiet messages, and it can be read in many different ways When I first read it, a long time ago, I thought it was a brilliant study of English customs and history before and during the Second World War, and I used to give it to friends and family as a reminder of how fascism can be supported and cultivated in an environment of duty and loyalty During later readings, I foc [...]

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    17. Mr James Stevens, an English butler setting out towards the west country, is the most wondrous creature, one could possibly have an encounter with His loyalty to the perished, service to the prominent and sense of dignity that elevates others as well, command of utmost awe and regards.Ageing as one has to, Mr Stevens, during a well earned motoring trip reflects upon several scattered events that forming a pattern, trace back to the past of his honorable service in House Darlington which stood fo [...]

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    18. Beautiful, heartbreaking book of understatement and about the price for following convention amd one s sense of duty over the desires expressed or not of one s heart I have not seen the movie yet, but I have heard it captured the subdued tone and deeper philosophical questions posed by Isihiguro s choices in narration and subjects.

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    19. This is a compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England At the end of his three decades of service in Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a vacation, driving in the country, hoping to reconnect with a woman with whom he had once worked, and with whom he felt some stifled form of intimacy Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in the film from The GuardianOver these few days, he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served hu [...]

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    20. 190 The Remains of the Day, Kazuo IshiguroThe Remains of the Day , is a 1989 novel by Nobel Prize winning British writer, Kazuo Ishiguro 1997 1375 9644310020 20

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    21. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY AN OPEN LETTERDearest James,I know that introduction is a must, polite even, but on this one I do suggest that we skip that It is you who matters, and no one else.Foremost, how was the end of your motoring trip Was it pleasant on your return I do hope that none of the inconveniences you encountered on leaving crossed your path on the way home It was a good thing Mr Farraday suggested this motoring trip You ve been cooked up in that hall for a very long time Different scene [...]

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    22. An exquisite novel featuring one of the most fascinating unreliable narrators in all of fiction.In post war England, Stevens, an aging, old school English butler who s worked for decades at Darlington Hall, plans a car trip to visit the estate s former housekeeper, Miss Kenton, in the west country During the journey, he reflects on his long career, and we get a good sense of his life inextricably linked to his long time employer, Lord Darlington and that of his country.Thanks to Downton Abbey, I [...]

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    23. This is not a review of the book as such but a blog post I wrote in March 2015, when I suddenly felt the onset of age I feel it can be an appropriate tribute to this wonderful novel.This year in August, I will turn fifty two.For the past few years, thoughts of my eventual demise have been persistent at the back of my brain It is not actually fear of death it is like the certainty of an unpleasant fact of life which cannot be avoided something you would like to put off as much as possible, but w [...]

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    24. Love is in the air or maybe anxiously repressed in February and my romantic literature jag continues with The Remains of the Day, the 1989 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction the same year This is a magnificent novel, artfully focused in its portraiture of William Stevens, butler of the fictitious Darlington Hall near Oxford On one level, Stevens first person account of his service is rendered in beautifully crafted language, full of one Englishman s stoic appr [...]

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    25. Dear Reader,It is my hope that this missive finds you in good stead and lodgings befitting a person who has displayed nothing but the utmost professionalism throughout their career I have, after a considerable period of deliberation, undertaken the not insignificant task of recommending a novel to your noble personage If you will permit me a brief tangent on the topic of the novel itself, I believe you will find yourself in the position to do nothing short of reading the pages in question.It has [...]

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    26. In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.Does that ring any bells with you There are such moments in our life when with rare lucidity we realize that our life is getting out of control, that we get sidetracked into minor issues, when we thinkif I had a second chance But one can t turn the clock and what s done is done Ishiguro with elegance depicts subtle and nuanced portrait of Stevens, an aging butler at English mansion Darling [...]

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    27. In a noble English household, where the banquets are prepared by loyal servants and consumed by mighty statesmen, a butler with his reminiscences of the war period serves us the essence of servitude and its quiet assistance to history In a nice, neat world that he inhabits, the schedule is set and its boundaries established his freedom ends where his master s expectations begin The unpredictable is for others to handle and the fog surrounding decisions is dispersed without his helping hand Withi [...]

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    28. This is a work of high skill Done in the first person, it conveys exactly the tone, workings, and errors of the mind that it lives in Though it s clear that the narrator is unreliable and he calls himself out on that a few times by what the reader may be thinking of his train of thought he uses that unreliable format to his advantage It is used to make Mr Stevens sympathetic and relatable to the reader, who otherwise might have some difficulty finding much in common with a postwar butler s musi [...]

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    29. A story of dignity, duty and missed opportunities A portrait of a man s understated, confined, repressed heartbreak.Stevens is an old fashioned English butler who takes his role so very seriously that the life of his master Lord Darlington comes first and foremost, and his own life passes by at a distant and distinct second At the twilight of his career, he takes an unprecedented trip through the countryside to visit with Miss Kenton, the former housekeeper at Darlington Hall During his journey, [...]

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    30. Phenomenal I m at a loss for words, but I know this would be going to my all time favourites A masterpiece.

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