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The Remains of the Day de Kazuo Ishiguro
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The Remains of the Day (original: 1989; edição: 1990)

de Kazuo Ishiguro (Autor)

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The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second World War, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him -- oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, pitch-perfect novel -- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.… (mais)
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Título:The Remains of the Day
Autores:Kazuo Ishiguro (Autor)
Informação:Vintage International (1990), Edition: 1st, 245 pages
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The Remains of the Day de Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)

Adicionado recentemente porscaryaadillo, jobinsonlis, HansJHansen, __echo__, KDmathews, tlwright, owenover, richardnewquist, brendanowicz, biblioteca privada
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I first met Kazuo Ishiguro during my Never Let Me Go days and what I remember of his first book to me was the subtlety. I didn't expect this book to convey the same impact that his previous book has done , mainly cause his previous book had an amazing subject matter , a theme that I believe has the highest capability of leaving an impact on the reader , whereas this book dealt with the more mundane theme of a butler narrating his life , but I was pleasantly surprised. Below is my attempt to review this book and its main theme in some order.
First off, the language of this book is very , very clean. It was expected as the narrator was a Butler of a previously illustrious house and the book maintained its decorum throughout. Every feeling was measured and nothing was out of place . The climax did stray a little, in fact for just a few lines but I believe this contrast made the climax all the more impactful and converted it to a favourite of mine from a average good book.
I remember post Never Let Me Go , on a particular warm evening the full impact of that novel hit me and shook me to the core and I am very sure this book will also do the same.
Throughout the book, the writer beautifully establishes a dual story line - one of the butler and the other of his lord. Mixed amidst the daily routines of the Butler we could glimpse affairs that largely affected the European world and in a way the entire world. I , personally liked the changing moods towards the Germans; starting from a victors sympathy towards war ravaged Germany to an enchanted host to Hitler's wishes. Also right from the beginning we are made aware how the world, the protagonist was familiar with is over and how America is now in the hub of the world (symbolically I feel represented by Mr. Farraday's ownership of Darlington Hall from the ruined and disgraced Lord Darlington) . Also prominent is the feeling of the changing dynamics of the world from the cold strictly professional environment of the Brits to the more relaxed atmosphere of Mr Farraday.
Coming back to the protagnonist , we can see the butler leaving a secondary life , as if he is not a human but an accessory of the great and the powerful. He does not show any emotion throughout till the very last moment. He does not delve upon building any personal relationship and I almost felt as it he is a robot. I felt a parallel can also be drawn between the butler's journey from familiar ground across the country to his mental journey to finally acknowledging the truth. He seemed to be always defensive towards Lord Darlington and finally manages to accept that his lord was also taken for a ride.
The repentence of the butler is what converted this book to my personal favourite.
For a reader, this book is surely a work of patience , as the story picks up pace, whatever pace it did pick, very late. Also , I think this book will be a perfect candidate of book club - it is full of some much to discuss , so much to discover that it will surely keep a lot of group engaged. Read this book without expecting a dramatic twist or literary beauty. This book is beautiful cause it quietly manages to catch hold of the repentence every one of us knowingly unknowingly holds.
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  __echo__ | May 11, 2021 |
This book dives deep into complicated issues, but it also tells a compelling story. The language is clear as glass, but beautiful, particularly in describing minutia of the physical world, or implying emotions that never become concrete. The characters are vivid and engaging, even when they are not very sympathetic. Now I want to see the movie, and to read more Ishiguro. ( )
  annbury | May 6, 2021 |
At first I regretted reading this right after Lincoln in the Bardo: the topic of English decorum was boring in contrast. But it was much funnier than expected, and masterfully subtle. The butler-narrator’s singular focus on duty and propriety is initially portrayed as obtuseness to great comedic effect. But this blind servitude shifts from innocuously funny to wretched curse. Ishiguro’s greatest feat was crafting a single narrative that spoke two truths: one a humble man’s earnestly told life’s story, and the other what readers pick up between the lines. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
Nice for a book to live up to a lofty reputation. I knew from the first paragraph that I could trust the author and the narrative voice. I love how dialogue reveals so much, and that the dialogue is related by someone who doesn't fully understand it. I love the journey through England and through his mind. I want to revisit it. ( )
  erikasolberg770 | Apr 16, 2021 |
This is a quiet, gentle and thoughtful snapshot of a bygone time. The reminisces of Mr Stevens, a butler, as he embarks on a journey to Cornwall to visit an old friend and fellow employee, Miss Kenton.

It is a wonderfully written tale of a life-time of servitude and the pride and professionalism that Mr Stevens shows. It feels realistic and genuine, the characters are vivid and portrayed with kindness and politeness so you can feel, understand and sympathise with them, it is an unusual story. Mr Stevens may appear rather pompous, but related from his perspective we have a different insight. Reminiscing opens up a window to his heart that is really quite sad.

Each book I have read by Kazuo Ishiguro makes me re-visit the impression I had of it. There is something under-stated in his writing that leaves an impression that requires revisiting days after finishing the book, a nuance that was missed perhaps or a different perspective. ( )
  Matacabras | Mar 26, 2021 |
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We can work out the date of Stevens's expedition ... Ominous dates. ... the Suez crisis dominated British current affairs. ... Stevens is not returning to a golden evening ... there are no remains -- except in the sense of `corpse'.
adicionado por KayCliff | editarWhere was Rebecca shot?, John Sutherland (Mar 5, 1998)
 
The Remains of the Day is too much a roman à thèse, and a judgmental one besides. Compared to his astounding narrative sophistication, Ishiguro's message seems quite banal: Be less Japanese, less bent on dignity, less false to yourself and others, less restrained and controlled. The irony is that it is precisely Ishiguro's beautiful restraint and control that one admires, and, in the case of the last novel [The Remains of the Day], his nerve in setting up such a high-wire act for himself.
adicionado por jburlinson | editarNew York Review of Books, Gabriele Annan (Web site pago) (Dec 7, 1989)
 
Kazuo Ishiguro's tonal control of Stevens' repressive yet continually reverberating first-person voice is dazzling. So is his ability to present the butler from every point on the compass: with affectionate humor, tart irony, criticism, compassion and full understanding. It is remarkable, too, that as we read along in this strikingly original novel, we continue to think not only about the old butler, but about his country, its politics and its culture.
adicionado por stephmo | editarNew York Times, Lawrence Graver (Oct 8, 1989)
 

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The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second World War, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him -- oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, pitch-perfect novel -- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.

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