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The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Why The Remains of the Day and Snowdon

The Remains of the Day is one of my favorite all-time books. I am a great fan of the author Kazuo Ishiguro. The novel is a masterpiece of subtle heartbreak and a chronicle of days gone by. This novel won the Booker Prize in 1989 and has been critically acclaimed for over two decades. The movie with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson is a wonderful film that was nominated for a number of Academy Awards. I recommend reading the book and then watching the movie with the masterful performances by  Hopkins and Thompson.

More About The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day is a 1989 novel by British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. The work was awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989. A film adaptation of the novel, made in 1993 and starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, was nominated for eight Academy Awards.

As in Ishiguro’s two previous novels, the story is told from a first person point of view. The narrator, Stevens, a butler, recalls his life in the form of a diary while the action progresses through to the present. Much of the novel is concerned with Stevens’ professional and, above all, personal relationship with a former colleague, the housekeeper Miss Kenton.

The novel is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving “a great gentleman.” But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington’s “greatness” and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

Kazuo Ishiguro (born 8 November 1954) is a British novelist, screenwriter and short story writer. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan; his family moved to England in 1960 when he was five. Ishiguro obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master’s from the University of East Anglia’s creative-writing course in 1980.

Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

His seventh novel, The Buried Giant, was published on 3 March 2015 in both the United States and the United Kingdom.