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The Remains of the Day [BOOKS] ✪ The Remains of the Day ✬ Kazuo Ishiguro – Librarian's note See alternate cover edition of ISBN 0571225381 hereIn the summer of 1956 Stevens a long serving butler at Darlington Hall decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country The Librarian's note See alternate cover edition of the Kindle Ö of ISBN hereIn 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 England a past that takes in fascism two world wars and an unrealised love between the butler and his housekeeper.

10 thoughts on “The Remains of the Day

  1. Esteban del Mal Esteban del Mal says:

    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 shares with the haiku is the bringing about of enlightenment it arrives tarnished and the worse for wear in the end Stevens a butler has spent his life defining himself by his occupation However after having spent his best years in the service of the Nazi sympathizing British aristocrat Lord Darlington he necessarily grows introspective When his new employer a wealthy American that is himself a signifier of the changed order of postwar Europe urges him to take a brief vacation Stevens is forced to face the conseuences of his life's decisionsWithout his domestic rituals to brace him his identity unravels He grasps at the phantom of native British superiority which has proven illusory the empire lay in ruins and the men who comprised its ruling class are a weary and incompetent bunch the likes of his previous employer He remembers the imposing physicality of his long dead father but is forced to see the broken man who expired waiting upon others His threadbare philosophizing over dignity and what it means to his bearing and station finally collapses and he admits his own personal failings with fellow servant Miss Kenton who represents fleetingly a chance at redemption and happiness

  2. Adina Adina says:

    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 uote depicts the magnificent English countryside It can be applied to the novel as well “What is pertinent is the calmness of beauty its sense of restraint It is as though the land knows of its own beauty its own greatness and feels no need to shout it”I believe that a restrained beauty is what characterizes The Remains of the Day and the voice of its main character Stevens As it was also the case in Never let me Go the message is hidden in the beautiful pages only suggested it comes to the reader in the form of a knot in the stomach or throat and the feelings linger for many days while one ponders on the meaning of hisher life “What can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out uite as we might have wished? The hard reality is surely that for the likes of you and I there is little choice other than to leave our fate ultimately in the hands of those great gentlemen at the hub of this world who employ our services What is the point in worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations surely that is in itself whatever the outcome cause for pride and contentment”Williams Stevens is a one of the few remaining “great” devoted butlers employed most of his life at Darlington Hall in the service of Lord Darlington After the war and the death of its owner the manor changes its ownership but the reduced staff remains with the new employer an American known as Mr Farraday When the new owner returns to the States for a few weeks he proposes to Stevens to borrow his car and enjoy a drive in the countryside Although reluctant at first the butler decides to take on the offer after he receives a letter from a former housekeeper of the Hall Miss Kenton to who it seems that he holds some affection He decides to visit her in order to suggest to return to work at the Hall The trip becomes the perfect occasion for revisiting the most important moments of Stevens past and to meditate on how his loyalty to his master and his decisionsor lack of made him lose certain opportunities to have a fulfilled emotional life “But what is the sense in forever speculating what might have happened had such and such a moment turned out differently? One could presumably drive oneself to distraction in this way In any case while it is all very well to talk of 'turning points' one can surely only recognize such moments in retrospect Naturally when one looks back to such instances today they may indeed take the appearance of being crucial precious moments in one's life; but of course at the time this was not the impression one had Rather it was as though one had available a never ending number of days months years in which to sort out the vagaries of one's relationship with Miss Kenton; an infinite number of further opportunities in which to remedy the effect of this or that misunderstanding There was surely nothing to indicate at the time that such evidently small incidents would render whole dreams forever irredeemable”The language used by the author is beautiful exuisite It is the voice of the butler who writes in the restrained formal manner suitable for his job The effect is mesmerizing sometimes comical and other times heartbreaking in Steven’s incapacity to shed his role even for a second and live for himself “I can't even say I made my own mistakes Really one has to ask oneself what dignity is there in that?”Beautiful emotional book that I warmly recommend to everyone

  3. Siria Siria says:

    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 protagonist cannot For all that Stevens himself agonises over 'banter' and 'wit' and how to be amusing this book is very funny itself in some places; it's a fine example of a comedy of manners The subtlety of it all and Stevens often painful obliviousness to social cues really lends itself well to that Highly highly recommended

  4. Kecia Kecia says:

    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 saidI 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 meetread 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 heart breakingI hurt so badly for him but for the first time he acknowledge his emotions and so I was happy for meThis story reminds me of why it is important to LIVE your lifeI do hope Stevens uses the remains of his day to learn to banter and create friendships for himself I think perhaps he will

  5. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    So Ishiguro has won the noble prize for literature 2017 This uote 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 Salman Rushdie Margaret Atwood Cormac McCarthy all of them immediately came into my head and I just thought wow this is a bit of a cheek for me to have been given this before themIshiguro is good and this book is very good It totally deserved the man booker prize but did Ishiguro really deserve the noble prize for literature? Food for thought This was phenomenal Ishiguro has such a developed way of exploring consciousness the power of repression self serving denial and the destructive conseuences of regret The narrator of this is a stiffly rigid and rather dry old butler He has given everything over to his profession; he has left little room for his own personality to develop The characters he emulates are a mere representation of his employer’s needs; he behaves in a way that he thinks they wish him to he creates a persona to suit each one So there is very little left of the individual left on the surface He is simply is professional butler modelled round his current employers own characteristics What he so desperately needed was an awakening he so desperately needed to come out of himself and remember exactly who he is under the false layers of pomp and sophisticated etiuette But that would be impossible in its entirety It takes Stevenson a long time even remember who he is He goes on a journey of remembrances and through this he eventually sees the parallels between his own fate and that of his father’s; he realises that he too is getting too old for his job But he must delve even deeper into the past to fully remember himself He must see deeper into the regretful decisions he has made though he can never fully acknowledge such regret because to do so would be to destroy himself rendering an entire life meaningless worthless and wasted He has spent his entire professional life behind a mask He has no real friends and his relationship with his farther is strained to say the least There are a few moments when the veil slips; however they are not really visible to other characters I think at times this has gone so far that Stevenson actually forgets who he is The mask takes over and controls his behaviour; there is little room for sentiment or friendship it pushes people away with its austere act of singular professionalism “Do you realize Mr Stevens how much it would have meant to me if you had though to share your feeling last year? You knew how upset I was when the girls were dismissed Do you realize how much it would have helped me? Why Mr Stevens why why why do you always have to pretend?” Unfortunately for Stevens he continues to wear this mask It’s led to all of these bad feelings and a life of servitude Indeed he becomes like his farther He is stuck in this perpetual state His brief holiday sends all his memories crashing back; he sees the different paths he could have taken had he been open to his own desires There are degrees of regret within his story but he cannot full let go; he cannot fully admit that he wishes he had lived his own life He has gone too far to simply change his ways If he changed now his life would have been a waste He must continue on this road one that will not allow him to enjoy the remains of his days This is a sad novel; it depicts a character that is so unbelievably stubborn that he prevents himself from receiving any regeneration or redemption He cannot change and this is his doom He is frustrating and stoic He is a nonchalant man who simply refuses to acknowledge his own feelings As a character he is superbly written but on an individual level I found him somewhat pitiable This is part of the wonder of the story though Stevens is his role; he will never transgress it I just felt so sorry for him because he really has had a wasted life; yes he has had a successful career; yes he has met some prestigious political figures and foreign dignitaries; yes he believes he is accomplished and successful but at the route of things he is undeniably woeful and lonely These are simply the excuses he tells himself He has missed out on friendship and love he has only experienced solitude and isolation In this Ishiguro delivers an awe inspiringly powerful statement in regards to the dangers of a life of pretending This was moving compelling and excellent This won’t be the last Ishiguro novel I read I’m literally amazed at how good this book wasFacebook| Twitter| Insta| Academia

  6. Kevin Ansbro Kevin Ansbro says:

    When work is a pleasure life is a joy When work is a duty life is slavery Maxim GorkyI bought this novel in tandem with Never Let Me Go a book so tedious that I abandoned it preferring to watch paint dryNevertheless I was prepared to give Ishiguro the benefit of the doubt wipe the slate clean and start afreshThe 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 amalgam of Wodehouse's Jeeves and Star Trek's Mr SpockThis might just be one of those very rare occasions where seeing the movie first actually enhances the reading experience Having already viewed it on the big screen I could easily imagine Sir Anthony Hopkins's narration almost as if this were an audiobook To his credit Ishiguro perfectly captures the stiff upper lipped dialogue expected of an English country house butler Here the author takes Wodehouse's cartoonish idea and gives it a harsh reality checkStevens' adorned almost pompous elocution is on point but I half expected the Anthony Hopkins in my head to begin shouting Mr Christian Damn your hide sir I shall eat your liver with some fava beans and a nice ChiantiStevens obseuiously knows his place and has such a blinkered sense of duty that the reader is left with an uncontrollable urge to step into the story and shake him about by his stuffy starched collarFor me the most interesting side to his character is that he doesn't bear any snobbishness towards his 'new money' employer and treats him just the same as he would a lord or a princeAmusingly he is maladaptively unaccustomed to banter or tomfoolery unlike his jovial bossHowever in this respect he is very much like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory and so guilelessly has a bash at banter whereupon awkward silences and a scurry of tumbleweed ensuesStevens is deserving of our pity; love is resolutely not on his radar and a visit by interested housekeeper Miss Kenton to his pantry with a vase of cheery flowers causes his dangly bits to retract into his sexless bodyHowever dear smutseekers I later thought I'd spotted a saucy Ishiguro euphemism and I uote Mr Stevens happened to encounter Miss Kenton in the back corridorUtter filth I cried and begin to thrash myself with birch twigs before realising that I'd allowed my imagination to run away with me yet again sighUnfortunately Mr Stevens is the architect of his own downfall his dogmatic restraint inevitably causing him to miss out on life and loveAlthough I doubt I shall ever be a true Ishiguro fan he has redeemed himself with this body of work and there is a telling poignancy to the reflective ending which prompted me to bump my score up to a respectful five stars Here is my butler esue star ratings guide 5 I say sir Most becoming4 Most generous sir I shall pass on your kind comments to the staff3 May I suggest an alternative sir?2 Oh dear Will that be all sir?1 I have no doubt that your father will be turning in his grave sir

  7. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    190 The Remains of the Day Kazuo IshiguroThe Remains of the Day is a 1989 novel by Nobel Prize winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro 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 unrealized love between the butler and his housekeeperنخستین خوانش روز بیست و سوم ژوئن سال 1997معنوان بازمانده روز؛ نوشته کازوئو ایشیگورو؛ مترجم نجف دریابندری؛ تهران، کارنامه، 1375، در 356ص؛ شابک 9644310020؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی؛ سده 20ماخطار اگر هنوز این رمان را نخوانده اید، و میخواهید آن را بخوانید، لطفا توجه داشته باشید که احتمال لو رفتن داستان در نوشتار این فراموشکار هستجایی دیده بودم رمان «بازمانده روز»، کلاس شخصیت پردازی مدرن است، شخصیت پردازی هوشمندانه، که همچو پازل هزار تکه، پس از کنار هم گذاشتن تکه ها، همین تابلوی زیبا شده است؛ «بازمانده ی روز» داستان آقای «استیونز»، سرپیشخدمتی انگلیسی ست، که زندگی خود را وقف خدمت وفادارانه به لرد «دارلینگتون» کرده است؛ داستان با رسیدن نامه‌ ای از یک همکار پیشین آغاز می‌شود؛ در آن نامه، خانم «کنتن» از زندگی زناشویی خود می‌گوید، که «استیونز»، آنرا حمل بر نارضایتی او، از ازدواجش می‌کند؛ همزمان با رسیدن نامه، موقعیتی برای «استیونز» پیش می‌آید؛ که بتواند به بهانه ی پژوهش، درباره ی استخدام مجدد خانم «کنتن»، دوباره برگردد سراغ رابطه‌ ای، که زمانی آن را بسیار دوست می‌داشت؛ ارباب جدید خانه، آمریکایی ثروتمندی به نام «فارادی»، او را تشویق میکند، که ماشین را بردارد، و برود به مرخصی‌ ای که بی‌شک استحقاقش را دارد؛ این سفر، فرصتی می‌شود برای «استیونز»، که وفاداری تزلزل‌ ناپذیرش به لرد «دالینگتون»، معنی و مفهوم «تشخص»، و حتی رابطه خودش با پدرش را، مورد بازاندیشی قرار دهد؛ دست آخر، «استیونز» مجبور می‌شود، که به مفهوم واقعی رابطه‌ ی خود با خانم «کنتن» بیندیشد؛ هرچه داستان به پیش می‌رود، نشانه‌ های عشق خانم «کنتن» به آقای «استیونز»، و تمایل متقابل او، آشکار می‌شود؛ در سال‌های پیش از جنگ جهانگیر دوم، زمانی که این دو، دوشادوش هم کار می‌کنند، از اعتراف به عشقشان، نسبت به یکدیگر طفره می‌روند؛ تمام مکالمه‌ هایی که یاد میآورد، نشان از رابطه‌ ای حرفه‌ ای دارند، که گاهی به مرز عشق و علاقه، نزدیک می‌شوند، اما هرگز از آن عبور نمی‌کنند؛ بعدها مشخص می‌شود، که خانم «کنتن»، بیست سالی ست، که ازدواج کرده است، و حالا دیگر نه خانم «کنتن»، بلکه خانم «بن» خوانده می‌شود؛ خانم «بن»، اعتراف می‌کند، که گاهی به این فکر می‌کند، که زندگی با آقای «استیونز»، چگونه می‌توانست باشد؛ اما حالا دیگر شوهرش را دوست میدارد، و در انتظار تولد نخستین نوه‌ ی خویش است؛ «استیونز» به فرصت‌های از دست‌ رفته می‌اندیشد، هم در رابطه با خانم «کنتن»، و نیز با اربابش لرد «دارلینگتون»؛در پایان داستان، «استیونز» به آنچه از روز، بازمانده می‌پردازد، که اشاره‌ ای ست، به آینده ی او، در خدمت به آقای «فارادی»؛ «ایشی‌ گورو»، همانند دیگر رمان‌های خویش، در طول داستان از ساختارهای حافظه، و دورنما، سود برده استتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 05061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  8. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    “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 characters At its heart it's a story of searching for something irrevocably lost in life a story of memory and its elusive unreliability It's beautiful and haunting with initial rose tinged glow of nostalgia slowly and subtly morphing into uiet gentle regret managing to coexist with dry humor and bits of satire It's a book of uncommon uality one that's impossible to forget one that deserves every ounce of praise that's it's been showered withWhat is dignity? What is greatness? How do you define your purpose? These are uestions Stevens a uintessential English butler at the twilight of his life not surprisingly coinciding with the twilight of the British Empire ponders during his drive through the countryside in the search of an old friend a former housekeeper who Stevens thinks would make a great addition to the dwindled staff of a once great manor now owned by a rich American after the death of its former aristocratic owner the Lord in whose employ Stevens had faithfully spent several decades To Stevens the answers are initially clear the purpose and satisfaction the all elusive dignity itself lies in the unuestionable loyalty and devotion to the great ones of this world by association with whom you matter too But as the miles roll by the pull of Darlington Hall seems to lessen and bit by bit flashback by flashback in a surprisingly formal stream of consciousness the glimpses of the truth begin to appear and how unsettling they are Bit by bit mostly not through what he tells us but instead precisely through what he does not tell we come to see that poor Stevens is perhaps the most unreliable narrator there ever wasStarting from a formal stiff but still confident narration at the beginning of Stevens' journey we end up eventually on a bench on a pier glimpsing into his very private pain and heartbreak as he contemplates the remains of his life at the titular remains of the day Bit by bit through at times reluctant limited and yet unfailingly honest narration we get to experience the story of a man who put loyalty and faithful service above all pursuing the coveted dignity clinging to the well defined class roles and rigid expectations denying his own self in attempts to live up to the duty the uintessential Englishness that already in his time is becoming obsolete “However if a butler is to be of any worth to anything or anybody in life there must surely come a time when he ceases his searching; a time when he must say to himself 'This employer embodies all that I find noble and admirable I will hereafter devote myself to serving him” Stevens the most unreliable narrator manages to show us so much precisely through the things that he fails to tell the reader It's what's left unsaid that paints the real picture the disappointments the loss the lonely empty existence intentionally devoid of love and warmth “It is hardly my fault if his lordship's life and work have turned out today to look at best a sad waste and it is uite illogical that I should feel any regret or shame on my own account” Stevens in his earnest devotion remains loyal to the memory of Lord Darlington never fully admitting that the man he had spent his life serving and admiring was in fact not so great And how can he? After all he has based his entire self worth his entire sense of being on devotedly serving a supposedly great and noble man feeling that in some little way he Stevens had something to do with shaping the fate of the world Openly admitting that Lord Darlington's made huge mistakes would shatter Stevens' entire self making everything useless missing his father's death going along with bigotry and prejudice and giving up a chance at love warmth and human companionship And yet at the end just for a moment or so the impeccable facade of uintessential English butler cracks and a pained confused man faces the realizations that are too unsettling to avoid “The fact is of course I said after a while I gave my best to Lord Darlington I gave him the very best I had to give and now well I find I do not have a great deal left to give” “Lord Darlington wasn't a bad man He wasn't a bad man at all And at least he had the privilege of being able to say at the end of his life that he made his own mistakes His lordship was a courageous man He chose a certain path in life it proved to be a misguided one but there he chose it he can say that at least As for myself I cannot even claim that You see I trusted I trusted in his lordship's wisdom All those years I served him I trusted I was doing something worthwhile I can't even say I made my own mistakes Really one has to ask oneself what dignity is there in that?” The Remains of the Day is a book of loss and love and regret of things that define us and shape us about trust and loyalty misplaced and hopes and dreams crushed of selective memory and carefully constructed in self defense universes that let us try to be what we aspire to be and the cold brush with reality that inevitably comes To borrow Stevens' pained unexpected revelation “Indeed — why should I not admit it? — in that moment my heart was breaking” “After all what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out uite as we might have wished?” Wonderful 5 stars

  9. Perry Perry says:

    Firmly in My Top 3 Ever Overwhelmingly Profound Regret came shivering through my veinsAnd bound my tongue in iron chains;My soul in prison seem'd to beAnd ever must if torn from theeThe Recall to Affection Susanna Blamire Oh yesterday came suddenlyYesterday Lennon McCartney 1965It is nearly impossible to describe this novel without alluding to what I believe is the most heartbreaking scene in all literature Ishiguro's novel whisks the human memory its capacity reliability fallibility and combustibility As the story moves forward he drops clues to the murkiness of the manservant narrator Stevens' recollections of decades in service at Darlington Hall and his relationship with the head maid Ms KentonExceptionally stirring this novel is unrivaled in illuminating or getting through to the reader” on two life changing themes1 the heartbreaking nature of reflecting and forever speculating what might have happened had such and such a moment turned out differently? while it is all very well to talk of 'turning points' one can surely only recognize such moments in retrospect Naturally when one looks back to such instances today they may indeed take the appearance of being crucial precious moments in one's life; but of course at the time this was not the impression one had Rather it was as though one had available a never ending number of days months years in which to sort out the vagaries of one's relationships; an infinite number of further opportunities in which to remedy the effect of this or that misunderstanding; and perhaps there is something to the advice that that one should adopt a positive outlook and try to make the best of what remains of the day; and conversely2 the crucial realization that one should look now for the crucial and precious moments in and of today and should make every effort to sort out a relationship in one's life and endeavor to remedy misunderstandings with others Indeed we lose sight of the fact particularly when we're young that there are NOT a never ending number of days and one should not wait for tomorrow at which point today will be one yesterday “ Death twitches my ear; 'Live' he says 'I'm coming” VirgilWhat could one ask of literature than the enlightenment and this self revealing moral that we should wake up listen to the heart and by all means follow it Today or as soon as practicably possible I recall a uote I saw years ago in school in the case of good books the point is not to see how many of them you can get through but rather how many can get through to you MJ Adler

  10. Annet Annet says:

    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 eually high uality which in my opinion indicates the uality 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 also reaches an English grand house and also gives you food for thought on what is important in your life dignitywork love anywaybeautiful book 45 stars

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