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The remains of the day

by Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-

Format: Print Book 1990.
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Summary
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is the universally acclaimed novel--winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film.

This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A journey of brilliant insight into British class and culture in which Stevens, an English butler, faces the truth about himself and comes to terms with his own fallacies."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Greeted with high praise in England, where it seems certain to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Ishiguro's third novel (after An Artist of the Floating World ) is a tour de force-- both a compelling psychological study and a portrait of a vanished social order. Stevens, an elderly butler who has spent 30 years in the service of Lord Darlington, ruminates on the past and inadvertently slackens his rigid grip on his emotions to confront the central issues of his life. Glacially reserved, snobbish and humorless, Stevens has devoted his life to his concept of duty and responsibility, hoping to reach the pinnacle of his profession through totally selfless dedication and a ruthless suppression of sentiment. Having made a virtue of stoic dignity, he is proud of his impassive response to his father's death and his ``correct'' behavior with the spunky former housekeeper, Miss Kenton. Ishiguro builds Stevens's character with precisely controlled details, creating irony as the butler unwittingly reveals his pathetic self-deception. In the poignant denouement, Stevens belatedly realizes that he has wasted his life in blind service to a foolish man and that he has never discovered ``the key to human warmth.'' While it is not likely to provoke the same shocks of recognition as it did in Britain, this insightful, often humorous and moving novel should significantly enhance Ishiguro's reputation here. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Country homes -- England -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- England -- Fiction.
Household employees -- England -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Vintage International,1990.
Edition 1st Vintage international ed.
Language English
Description 245 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9780679731726
0679731725
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