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The Remains of the Day | [Kazuo Ishiguro]

The Remains of the Day

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. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.
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Publisher's Summary

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. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.

©1989 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2012 Canongate Books Ltd in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd

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    Rochelle 03-31-13
    Rochelle 03-31-13
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    "Beautiful"

    I'd seen the movie - a long time ago - but had never read the book.

    It is simply & beautifully told. Stevens sets out on a road trip in his employer's car for a week. The week is filled with reverie of his life over 30 years as butler to a great household & his relationship with former housekeeper Miss Kenton.

    Stevens' focus throughout his career has been on dignity within his role as butler & we become aware what he has sacrificed to achieve & maintain this goal. He too seems to become aware & regrets the impact the sacrifice this focus has had on his relationship with his father & also his potential love interest.

    Stevens' character is well crafted, the story is a moving one of a life when the large English houses were the hub of political activity. It is wonderfully told & narrated.

    Stevens weighs his regrets but resolves to enjoy the remains of "his day".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-03-15
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    "Perfect"

    I loved it! The story is really great, the performance of the narrator is top range. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    perspective 02-21-15
    perspective 02-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "There is a gentleness and sadness in the writing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Remains of the Day to be better than the print version?

    I originally thought the narrative voice was too young but as the story progressed, his voice took on the gentle quality of the writing and his tone was just right. Sometimes, words need to be spoken aloud to appreciate the lyrical quality. This had a gentleness and a deep sense of loss.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Remains of the Day?

    The use of the journey to tell the stories about his life as a butler, his loyalties to his father and his ignorance in love.


    What about Dominic West’s performance did you like?

    Originally I thought his voice was too young but in the end I felt he had read the story with the poignancy it required.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this is a book that takes time, it is a journey.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mukesh
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    9/19/12
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    "Very impressive"

    I was so into this book, you really get a feel for all the characters. The narrator is awesome, he brings out the different personalities of all the charters. It was a wonderful experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    12/8/13
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    "Fantastic book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Remains of the Day to be better than the print version?

    I gave not read the print version so cannot judge


    What other book might you compare The Remains of the Day to, and why?

    Mrs Dalaway people shaped by life


    Have you listened to any of Dominic West’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No and so not applicable


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very sad but reflective


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for opening up an awareness of life choices

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Stillorgan, Ireland
    12/13/13
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    "Superb!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Remains of the Day to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is not as good as the book itself, but the book itself is so good that I don't believe it takes away from the audiobook at all!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dominic West brings the whole character of Stevens to life with all his doubts, inconsistencies and flaws, but makes him all the more real because of it


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I most enjoyed Stevens debates about the term dignity


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this strongly to anyone!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Henna
    7/30/15
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    "An enjoyable journey"

    This book has lovely language and describes in a beautiful way the life of an English butler. I loved the story and found it very easy to listen. As it often is with trips, this one was also different from what one imagined it to be, but it was even more enjoyable than expected. The narrator was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/20/15
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    "Nostalgia for a time that has so much to teach us"

    I loved this book. The narrator was excellent. It was all so understated, but just wonderful at placing you in a time when (some) people really knew the meaning of good manners. A lesson for us all. The plot is so subtley revealed through the eyes of one man alone... Just wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha Sophia Musto
    7/16/15
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    "Fantastic tragic read..."

    Unparalleled depths of subtlety. Kazuo Ishiguro is a magnificent writer, and captures that edge of English self-deprecation and self-sabotage perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Johnson
    6/11/15
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    "Beautiful writing"

    A pleasure till listen to. I found myself imagining Anthony Hopkins as me Stephens. Now isn't to see the film again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karina
    5/5/15
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I had no expectations before reading the book, it was a little slow to start in the first chapter, but thereafter it picked up well and I began to sense I had a real feel for the characters and the story took shape. Narrator was able to do the different voices well and had a calm accent which was easy on the ears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ann Downey
    3/9/15
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    "Worth repeat listening. Brilliant"

    Brilliantly narrated, very fine critique of the "necessary illusion" through which the servant lived,and lost, his life.
    Excellent. Tragic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • gordon
    RADLETT, United Kingdom
    1/4/15
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    "A Great Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Remains of the Day the most enjoyable?

    A moving story.


    What does Dominic West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    West is one of the best narrators I have listened to. He evokes emotions of the characters perfectly and establishes setting exquisitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Wanted it to continue!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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