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[Read Kindle] Ý The Remains of the Day Ø An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving a great gentleman But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington s greatness and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served 4.5 5 StarsKazuo 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 professional reviews on it that everything I said here although they are my honest opinion would most likely be just something similar to any of those reviews That s why I ll keep this brief The Remains of the Day is a thorou 4.5 5 StarsKazuo 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 professional reviews on it that everything I said here although they are my honest opinion would most likely be just something similar to any of those reviews That s why I ll keep this brief The Remains of the Day is a thoroughly beautiful bookIf you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable ofThis is my first time reading Ishiguro s book and it certainly won t be the last I bought The Remains of the Day on a whim a few days ago when I was on vacation in Bangkok There, I visited Kinokuniya bookstore and I saw this gorgeous looking Kinokuniya exclusive commemorative edition of this book.With absolutely no knowledge on what this book was about, I was left very satisfied with my purchase by the end of my read Most of the story in this book revolves around Stevens a gentleman and highly professional butler who went on a six days vacation and during his vacation, we get to see his past This is truly a beautiful book about regret, dignity, repression, decisions, acceptance, and most of all, memories There are a lot of messages that can be taken from this book but in my opinion, the most dominant one is to never dwell on the pastAfter 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 wishedHighly atmospheric, combined with Ishiguro s incredible prose that gives hidden beauty and messages within each word and paragraphs, The Remains of the Day compelled me to read the book within two sittings It s that good Ishiguro s prose here is truly a delight to read, it s evocative, beautiful, and inspirational.If I was reading this back when I was maybe 15 years old, this book probably wouldn t have that much impact simply because there weren t enough monumental turning points to ponder yet But reading this now, there are tons of passages I can relate to It all comes down to this we can t ever turn back the clock, cherish every momentBut 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 retrospectI heard from plenty of readers that this is Kazuo s best work and I can certainly vouch for the praises This book is a piece of literature that came out of nowhere into my life and somehow, ended up becoming a book that I know I will always remember You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest 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 writin 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 consequences of his life s decisions.Without 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 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 quote depicts the magnificent English countryside It can be applied to the novel as wellWhat i 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 quote depicts the magnificent English countryside It can be applied to the novel as wellWhat 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 his her lifeWhat can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite 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 decisions or lack of, made him lose certain opportunities to have a fulfilled emotional lifeBut 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, exquisite 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 himselfI 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 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 prot 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