The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

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'After 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 wished?' In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and into his past...A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House, of lost causes and lost love. The Remains of the Day is now available as a Faber Modern Classics more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 112 x 176 x 24mm | 180g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export ed
  • 0571200737
  • 9780571200733
  • 2,805

About Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro's seven published books have won him wide renown and many honours around the world. His work has been translated into over forty languages. The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have each sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in Faber editions alone, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. His latest novel is The Buried more

Review Text

Booker Prize Winner 1989. An elderly butler's obsession with the dignity of his profession is shaken on a five day West Country motoring trip in the 1950s the climax of which is a meeting with his former housekeeper Miss Kenton. During the course of the narrative, he recalls in compelling and vivid detail his service in the 1930s, and the painful realization that the man he served and respected was a Nazi sympathizer. The unrealised love between Stevens and Miss Kenton underscores the novels atmosphere of chastening loss. Ishiguro's work captures this period of British history while painting a complex picture of a proud, ageing man. (Kirkus UK)show more