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The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day
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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... show more
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, beautifully crafted novel-- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780571225385 (0571225381)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Awogfli - Bookcroc
Awogfli - Bookcroc rated it
4.5 Die traurige, melancholische Geschichte eines vergeudeten Lebens
Dem Nobelpreisträger Ishiguro ist mit diesem Roman eine ganz leise, subtile, hintergründige, melancholische Geschichte über ein völlig vergeudetes Leben gelungen. Der devote Butler Stevens kämpft verzweifelt mit bzw. gegen den Humor seines neuen amerikanischen Dienstherren, der ihm erstmals in seine...
Tami
Tami rated it
0.5 Wow. And not in a positive way.
This felt way longer than the page count warrants. The voice of the first person narrator is dry and fraught with many boring details about being a butler and the job of a butler - I profession I never really felt much interest in... The picture his narration paints is that of an unintelligent, em...
nente
nente rated it
5.0 The Remains of the Day
A serious look at professional identity and how it can devour your life. Every social interaction, almost every inner feeling that wouldn't fit the professional identity, is discarded even before Stevens himself is quite aware of it. I personally found Stevens very real and rather tragic, and do so ...
Burfobookalicious
Burfobookalicious rated it
5.0 Servants No Longer De Rigueur...
I was honoured to be given the opportunity to give this book, as part of the World Book Night 2012. This was my first choice and enabled me to wax lyrical about this deceptively simple story, which explores in detail the reflections and experiences of a butler, Stevens, as he contemplates his life i...
K.H. Leigh's Blogstravaganza
K.H. Leigh's Blogstravaganza rated it
4.0 The Remains of the Day
This novel is a brilliant, touching, ofttimes humorous and ultimately stirring examination of a man's life as he finds himself wondering - was it a good one? Was it important? Was it dignified? And as it draws to its conclusion, do the answers to those questions matter?
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