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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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Hol
Hol rated it
4.0 The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The remains of the day was a meditative look at the life of an English butler in the Nineteenth century and one which I really enjoyed. Previously I read Never Letting Go by the same author and although I liked it, it didn’t evoke much emotional engagement. I was therefore hesitant to try this, bu...
DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it
2.0 Disappointing.
I had heard so much about this author and was looking forward to reading one of his books for our book group. I started with the audiobook version, narrated by Nigel Hawthorne, but found his voice too slow and the book was dragging, so I did something that I never do - I read it rather than listenin...
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...
philoSophie
philoSophie rated it
3.0 The Remains of the Day
Στο ταξίδι έξι ημερών, από το αρχοντικό στο οποίο εργάζεται ως το Weymouth, όπου βρίσκεται η Mrs. Kenton, ο Stevens προβληματίζεται για την επαγγελματική του σταδιοδρομία, για την ουσία ενός καλού μπάτλερ, για την ορθότητα των αξιών και των επιλογών που έχει κάνει. Το μεγαλείο και η ηθική ταλανίζουν...
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 ...
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