The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

Librarian's note: See alternate cover edition of ISBN 0571225381 here. In the summer of 1956, 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 England, a past that takes in fascism, two world wars, and an unrealised love between the butler and his Librarian's note: See alternate cover edition of ISBN 0571225381 here. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, a long-serv...

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Title:The Remains of the Day
Author:Kazuo Ishiguro
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Remains of the Day
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:258 pages pages

The Remains of the Day Reviews

  • Kecia
    Aug 21, 2007
    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 ...
  • Siria
    Jun 05, 2007
    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 bes...
  • Diane
    Sep 11, 2013
    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 ...
  • Paul Bryant
    Sep 30, 2007
    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 more than 200 pages. It's like I could organise more interesting snail races. Even if the snails fell asleep it would be more ev...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 04, 2010
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  • Fabian
    Jul 03, 2012
    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 D...
  • Annet
    Jan 16, 2011
    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...
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    Aug 25, 2016
    this book is full of butlers ...
  • Will Byrnes
    Nov 01, 2008
    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 on...
  • Esteban del Mal
    Apr 07, 2010
    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 ig...
  • Agnieszka
    Jun 22, 2009
    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 in...
  • Louize
    Jun 13, 2012
    THE REMAINS OF THE DAY ? AN OPEN LETTER Dearest 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...
  • Nataliya
    Jan 29, 2015
    ?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....
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Sep 29, 2011
    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 ...
  • Perry
    Dec 21, 2015
    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 Blamire There's...
  • Sanjay Gautam
    Apr 26, 2016
    Phenomenal! I'm at a loss for words, but I know this would be going to my all time favourites. A masterpiece. ...
  • Samadrita
    Nov 22, 2012
    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...
  • Adina
    Aug 02, 2017
    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 stari...
  • Matthew Quann
    Sep 27, 2017
    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 recomm...
  • Joe Valdez
    Feb 15, 2017
    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 portra...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jan 12, 2016
    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 ...
  • Glenn Sumi
    Jan 02, 2016
    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,...
  • Lisa
    Jun 24, 2014
    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 ...
  • Robin
    Dec 19, 2016
    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 l...
  • Nishat
    Jul 23, 2015
    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 regard...
  • Kevin Ansbro
    Aug 13, 2016
    "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. Nevertheless, I was prepared to give Ishiguro th...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jun 19, 2017
    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...
  • Frona
    Apr 16, 2017
    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 schedu...
  • Petrik
    Dec 24, 2017
    4.5/5 Stars Kazuo 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 profe...
  • Ä°ntellecta
    Dec 02, 2017
    The book ?Was vom Tag übrig blieb? written by kazuo Ishiguro is about the duties and the value system of the butlers profession in a past era. This roman is written in a beautiful language which shows the perspectives of butlers responsibilities in former times. It includes themes...