The Remains Of The Day, Paperback book

The Remains Of The Day[Paperback]

by Kazuo Ishiguro

4.14 out of 5 (120 ratings)

Publication Date:
01 April 2010 
Religious & Spiritual Fiction 


'After all what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?' In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and into his past...A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House, of lost causes and lost love. The Remains of the Day is now available as a Faber Modern Classics edition.

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  • A butler faces himself, his lifetime, and the choices that led him to the end of his time. This includes his doubts regarding his employer of 30 years, who is insinuated as having Nazi sympathies, as well as doubts regarding his refusal to allow any type of outside life to intrude on his duties, in particular the love of one of his fellow servants and his rebuttal of her attempts to love him. This book, while "short," is full of meaning, particularly when held to the context of the timeline (between the two World Wars).

    5.00 out of 5


  • Few books have gripped and moved me as much as this wonderful book about loss and longing. The pace is perfect, the language is refined and the emotions are subtle. This is truly a literary masterpiece.

    5.00 out of 5


  • This could be the perfect, short, first-person novel. It can’t be more than 70k words, yet it says so much. The voice of Stevens the butler is perfect, as is his questioning of his past while he professes to be so proud of it.I only wish that I had read it before seeing the movie. I can’t tell if my love of the book has been influenced by the images from the movie. They are both excellent.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Sad, moving story of lost love and missed chances, and a world lost forever in the ashes of WW2. A beautiful story beautifully told.

    5.00 out of 5


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