2000 Books You Must Read: 5. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro There are some books that get hidden. That are clouded and perhaps you do not hear many people speak of them. The Remains of the Day is one book that does not get spoken about as much as its movie counterpart. It is Ishiguro’s third published work and it is a delicately told tale from the point of view of Stevens – the English butler, told in his diary, as he works for Lord Darlington and his relationship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton.

The book goes back and forth – past and present to give the reader the complete view. A lot of social conventions, graces, manners, are spoken of and also the hypocrisy surrounding all of them. The writing is simply beautiful and very elegant, despite bringing to fore the ugliness sometimes.

The Remains of the Day is one of my favourite books and I strongly recommend it.

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2 thoughts on “2000 Books You Must Read: 5. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

  1. Cecilia

    I can’t wait to read this book. I read his first one – A Pale View of Hills – and fell in love with his very perceptive but understated writing style. Ishiguro says that he messed up a bit with this novel, it being his first book and all. If A Pale View of Hills is “messed up” then I can’t imagine how amazing The Remains of the Day must be. Thanks for reviewing it!

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  2. Rachaita H

    Kazuo Ishiguro.. I keep hearing how boring he can be. I watched “Never Let Me Go” a few months back and intend to read it now. However, I keep hearing that I probably should not. What do you suggest?

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