The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day

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 unrealised love between the butler and his housekeeper.

Details The Remains of the Day

TitleThe Remains of the Day
Release DateOct 14th, 2017
PublisherFaber & Faber
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Classics, Literature, Literary Fiction

Reviews The Remains of the Day

  • Esteban del Mal
    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 opene...
  • Siria
    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 ...
  • Adina
    Just announced as Winner of the Nobel Prize 2017!!! Well deserved. ***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 ...
  • Kecia
    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 said.I 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 meet/read. 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 thing...I cried for at least a half hour after I finished the final page....
  • Bookdragon Sean
    So Ishiguro has won the noble prize for literature 2017. This quote 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 ...
  • Nataliya
    “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 ...
  • Annet
    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 equally high quality, which in my opinion indicates the quality 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 ...
  • Fabian
    Mood, atmosphere, character. Encapsulation of the zeitgeist, social commentary; "The Remains of the Day" delves into the dark side of humanity. So much is held within the pages of this marvelous book, the account of one of the last butlers to work at a large manor in England. What is dignity? seems to be the major thread that unites all of his different experiences of becoming a largely marginalized person, of becoming someone with a worth differ...
  • Perry
    Glad Ishiguro Won Nobel in Lit. This Novel is in My Top 3 of All Time. Most Profound.Regret came shivering through my veins,And bound my tongue in iron chains;My soul in prison seem'd to be,And ever must if torn from thee"The Recall to Affection," Susanna BlamireThere's a shadow hanging over me. Oh, yesterday came suddenly."Yesterday," Lennon-McCartney, 1965It is nearly impossible to describe this novel without at least alluding (as I do above) t...
  • Samadrita
    When I had merely read about 30 or so pages of this book, I must confess I was debating whether or not to continue with it, given the unbearably slow pacing of the plot.And then when I had finally reached the end, I couldn't help but feel immensely thankful to my own better judgement against giving it up. Since by that time I had been reduced to a pathetic, blubbering mass of emotions and tears, teetering on the verge of a major breakdown and mar...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Beautiful, heartbreaking book of understatement and about the price for following convention amd one's sense of duty over the desires (expressed or not) of one's heart. I have not seen the movie yet, but I have heard it captured the subdued tone and deeper philosophical questions posed by Isihiguro's choices in narration and subjects.
  • Paul Bryant
    As far as I could see this was like a maid and a butler in one of those British mansions that lords live in and they didn't shag each other. End of. This for more than 200 pages. It's like I could organise more interesting snail races. Even if the snails fell asleep it would be more eventful than this book. I would say that this book is supposed to be good and they made a film but this is a very good example of why literature is being replaced by...
  • Will Byrnes
    This is a 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 in Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a vacation, driving in the country, hoping to reconnect with a woman with whom he had once worked, and with whom he felt some stifled form of intimacy. Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in the film - from The GuardianOver these few days, he looks back ...
  • Kevin Ansbro
    "When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery." -Maxim Gorky.I bought this novel in tandem with Never Let Me Go, a book that proved to be so tedious I abandoned it, preferring to watch paint dry instead.Nevertheless, I was prepared to give Ishiguro the benefit of the doubt, wipe the slate clean and start afresh.The story is told from the POV of Mr Stevens, English butler to Mr Farraday, his nouveau riche American m...
  • Louize
    THE REMAINS OF THE DAY – AN OPEN LETTERDearest James,I know that introduction is a must, polite even, but on this one I do suggest that we skip that. It is you who matters, and no one else.Foremost, how was the end of your motoring trip? Was it pleasant on your return? I do hope that none of the inconveniences you encountered on leaving crossed your path on the way home. It was a good thing Mr. Farraday suggested this motoring trip. You’ve be...
  • Diane
    Why did I wait so many years to read this book? It's beautiful. I loved it so much that I finished it in almost one sitting. I feel a bit like Mr. Stevens, sitting on the pier at the end of the story, wondering how his life could have been different. While Mr. Stevens is thinking of a lost love; I'm thinking of the bad books that could have been avoided if I had picked up Ishiguro instead.I'll keep the synopsis brief, since most of my GR friends ...
  • Glenn Sumi
    An exquisite novel featuring one of the most fascinating unreliable narrators in all of fiction.In post-war England, Stevens, an aging, old-school English butler who’s worked for decades at Darlington Hall, plans a car trip to visit the estate’s former housekeeper, Miss Kenton, in the west country. During the journey, he reflects on his long career, and we get a good sense of his life – inextricably linked to his long-time employer, Lord Da...
  • Nishat
    Mr James Stevens, an English butler setting out towards the west country, is the most wondrous creature, one could possibly have an encounter with. His loyalty to the perished, service to the prominent and sense of dignity that elevates others' as well, command of utmost awe and regards.Ageing as one has to, Mr Stevens, during a well earned motoring trip reflects upon several scattered events that forming a pattern, trace back to the past of his ...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    This is not a review of the book as such - but a blog post I wrote in March 2015, when I suddenly felt the onset of age. I feel it can be an appropriate tribute to this wonderful novel. This year in August, I will turn fifty-two.For the past few years, thoughts of my eventual demise have been persistent at the back of my brain. It is not actually fear of death – it is more like the certainty of an unpleasant fact of life which cannot be avoided...
  • Joe Valdez
    Love is in the air--or maybe anxiously repressed--in February and my romantic literature jag continues with The Remains of the Day, the 1989 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction the same year. This is a magnificent novel, artfully focused in its portraiture of William Stevens, butler of the fictitious Darlington Hall near Oxford. On one level, Stevens' first person account of his service is rendered in beautifull...
  • Agnieszka
    In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.Does that ring any bells with you? There are such moments in our life when with rare lucidity we realize that our life is getting out of control, that we get sidetracked into minor issues, when we think if I had a second chance …. But one can’t turn the clock and what’s done is done. Ishiguro with elegance depicts subtle and nuanced ...
  • Frona
    In a noble English household, where the banquets are prepared by loyal servants and consumed by mighty statesmen, a butler with his reminiscences of the war period serves us the essence of servitude and its quiet assistance to history. In a nice, neat world that he inhabits, the schedule is set and its boundaries established; his freedom ends where his master's expectations begin. The unpredictable is for others to handle and the fog surrounding ...
  • Sanjay Gautam
    Phenomenal!I'm at a loss for words, but I know this would be going to my all time favourites. A masterpiece.
  • Matthew Quann
    Dear Reader,It is my hope that this missive finds you in good stead and lodgings befitting a person who has displayed nothing but the utmost professionalism throughout their career. I have, after a considerable period of deliberation, undertaken the not-insignificant task of recommending a novel to your noble personage. If you will permit me a brief tangent on the topic of the novel itself, I believe you will find yourself in the position to do n...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    190. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguroعنوان: بازمانده روز؛ نوشته: کازوئو ایشیگورو؛ مترجم: نجف دریابندری؛ تهران، کارنامه، 1375، شابک: 9644310020؛ موضوع: ادبیات ژاپن؛ قرن 20 منخستین خوانش: بیست و سوم ژوئن سال 1997 م، اخطار: اگر هنوز این رمان را نخوانده اید، و میخواهید آن را بخ...
  • Kelly
    This is a work of high skill. Done in the first person, it conveys exactly the tone, workings, and errors of the mind that it lives in. Though it's clear that the narrator is unreliable- and he calls himself out on that a few times by what the reader may be thinking of his train of thought- he uses that unreliable format to his advantage. It is used to make Mr. Stevens more sympathetic and relatable to the reader, who otherwise might have some di...
  • Robin
    A story of dignity, duty and missed opportunities. A portrait of a man's understated, confined, repressed heartbreak.Stevens is an old fashioned English butler who takes his role so very seriously that the life of his master (Lord Darlington) comes first and foremost, and his own life passes by at a distant and distinct second. At the twilight of his career, he takes an unprecedented trip through the countryside to visit with Miss Kenton, the for...
  • Sue
    I realize that there are thousands of reviews of this book on this site alone and it is unlikely that I can offer anything truly new. However I do want to review what, for me, is the high point of this novel...the amazing consistency of tone that Ishiguro maintains from beginning to the very last line. Stevens is perhaps the most internally consistent character I have ever read, which does not mean that he does not appear damaged on some level. W...
  • João Carlos
    "Os Despojos do Dia" filme de James Ivory com Anthony Hopkins (Mr. Stevens) e Emma Thompson (Mrs. Kenton/Mrs. Benn)Kazuo Ishiguro (n. 1954) venceu o Prémio Nobel da Literatura 2017”Os Despojos do Dia”, terceiro romance do escritor Kazuo Ishiguro (n. 1954), recebeu o Man Booker Prize for Fiction em 1989. Em ”Os Despojos do Dia”, o narrador é Mr. Stevens, um mordomo inglês, meticuloso, reservado e íntegro, que trabalhou durante cerca de...