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ISBN13: 9780679731726
ISBN10: 0679731725
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Staff Pick

Heralded upon release for its elegance and restraint, The Remains of the Day has become a classic of British literature — and one of my favorite books! Ishiguro's simple, painstakingly precise language beautifully captures a man and an era that prized decorum above truth, with perilous results. A gorgeous novel.
Recommended by Emily, Powells.com

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The Remains of the Day is a profoundly 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 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.

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"The novel rests firmly on the narrative sophistication and flawless control of tone...of a most impressive novelist." Julian Barnes

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"Brilliant...a story both beautiful and cruel." Salman Rushdie

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"A perfect novel. I couldn't put it down." Ann Beattie

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"A virtuoso performance...put on with dazzling daring and aplomb." The New York Review of Books

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"Brilliant and quietly devastating." Newsweek

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"An intricate and dazzling novel." The New York Times

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"One of the best books of the decade." The Boston Globe

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"One of the best books of the year." The New York Times Book Review

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"[T]he novel persuasively implicates a broader section of the ruling class in the rise of fascism while emphasising the complicity of a huge army of subordinates that led ultimately to the Holocaust. This is no mean achievement, of course, but overall The Remains of the Day is less impressive than An Artist of the Floating World whose scheme and form it repeats almost exactly." Geoff Dyer, New Statesman & Society

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"[Stevens] is totally humorless and myopically preoccupied by his job. He should be dull. Mr. Ishiguro makes him immensely interesting by causing him to reveal to the reader what Stevens himself does not understand either about his own conduct or about the activities of the nobleman whom he served devotedly for most of his career. The author maintains this double-vision pattern without ever deviating from the overcareful style that he has created for Stevens, and the effect is funny and sad and ultimately disturbing, for questions of moral responsibility lurk behind the novel's highly polished surface." Phoebe-Lou Adams, The Atlantic

About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. He is the author of five novels, including The Remains of the Day, an international bestseller that won the Booker Prize and was adapted into an award-winning film. Ishiguro's work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. In 1995, he received an Order of the British Empire for service to literature, and in 1998 was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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Robin Smith, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Robin Smith)
This is the novel that made the most impact on me in 2011. It was an enjoyable read, with a rare look at the running of an English Country House before WWII, and has a lot of insight I continue to ponder. It raises questions on many levels as the characters grapple with the challenges their lives bring. Ishiguro's writing is focused and clean, and his first-person narrator's voice never slips. And, on top of all this, the novel has a pensive and peculiar yet rather sweet love story in it. A beautiful book.
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uhenig, May 10, 2011 (view all comments by uhenig)
Great and good book.
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uhenig, May 10, 2011 (view all comments by uhenig)
Outstanding book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679731726
Author:
Ishiguro, Kazuo
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
England
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Country homes
Subject:
Domestics
Subject:
England Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International (Paperback)
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19900931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.10x5.14x.60 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679731726 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Heralded upon release for its elegance and restraint, The Remains of the Day has become a classic of British literature — and one of my favorite books! Ishiguro's simple, painstakingly precise language beautifully captures a man and an era that prized decorum above truth, with perilous results. A gorgeous novel.

"Review" by , "The novel rests firmly on the narrative sophistication and flawless control of tone...of a most impressive novelist."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...a story both beautiful and cruel."
"Review" by , "A perfect novel. I couldn't put it down."
"Review" by , "A virtuoso performance...put on with dazzling daring and aplomb."
"Review" by , "Brilliant and quietly devastating."
"Review" by , "An intricate and dazzling novel."
"Review" by , "One of the best books of the decade."
"Review" by , "One of the best books of the year."
"Review" by , "[T]he novel persuasively implicates a broader section of the ruling class in the rise of fascism while emphasising the complicity of a huge army of subordinates that led ultimately to the Holocaust. This is no mean achievement, of course, but overall The Remains of the Day is less impressive than An Artist of the Floating World whose scheme and form it repeats almost exactly."
"Review" by , "[Stevens] is totally humorless and myopically preoccupied by his job. He should be dull. Mr. Ishiguro makes him immensely interesting by causing him to reveal to the reader what Stevens himself does not understand either about his own conduct or about the activities of the nobleman whom he served devotedly for most of his career. The author maintains this double-vision pattern without ever deviating from the overcareful style that he has created for Stevens, and the effect is funny and sad and ultimately disturbing, for questions of moral responsibility lurk behind the novel's highly polished surface."
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