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From the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature
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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By Rochelle on 03-31-13

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".

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By Chocolate on 05-03-15

Perfect

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

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By Emily Essex on 05-14-16

heartbreaking

A touching and at times difficult look at the Old World of England, through the eyes of an utmost professional. Interesting and resonant thoughts on loyalty, duty, class, love and the conflict between what might better be called 'tatame' and 'honne', the private and public self. Dignified, warm, at times genuinely funny narration by Dominic West, who conveys Mr. Stevens with total conviction.

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By Amazon Customer on 07-20-15

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!

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By Richard on 12-06-17

A Life Lived Being Retold

At first I was going to describe this as a Seinfeld book - nothing happens. But then I thought more about it. It is a great story and the performance is superb. It seems like there is nothing happening in the plot but there really is. The author can take the mundane and the momentous and describe them equally with depth and meaning. It's really fascinating.

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By Colleen Kelly on 11-08-17

Brilliant!

This is a classic work that has stood the test of time! A book with great story...but some important underlying truths about acquiring happiness.

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