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Ishiguro, K: The Remains of the Day

Introduction by Salman Rushdie. Winner of the Booker Prize 1989

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Beschreibung

In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and into his past . . . A haunting tale of lost causes and lost love, The Remains of the Day, winner of the Booker Prize, contains Ishiguro's now celebrated evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House - within its walls can be heard ever more distinct echoes of the violent upheavals spreading across Europe.

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, on November 8, 1954.
Books include Never Let Me Go (made into a film), When We Were Orphans, The Unconsoled, An Artist Of A Floating World, A Pale View of Hills and Nocturnes.
In 1995, Ishiguro was named to the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to literature.
He lives in London

"An era revealed in a perfect butler's imperfections" The New York Times

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 264
Erscheinungsdatum 28.09.2012
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-84159-349-4
Verlag Random House UK Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 22/13.6/2.3 cm
Gewicht 380 g

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A Butler, who does not want to give anything away, tells his tale
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The upstairs/downstairs world of English aristocracy has not stopped fascinating people. Quite a while before Julian Fellowes profited from that by creating "Gosford Park" und "Downton Abbey", Kazuo Ishiguro gifted us with "The Remains of the Day". Mostly the books consists of flashbacks in the mind of butler Stevens while he is... The upstairs/downstairs world of English aristocracy has not stopped fascinating people. Quite a while before Julian Fellowes profited from that by creating "Gosford Park" und "Downton Abbey", Kazuo Ishiguro gifted us with "The Remains of the Day". Mostly the books consists of flashbacks in the mind of butler Stevens while he is on his way to find out whether the erstwhile housekeeper Miss Kenton is willing to return to the manor. It is fascinating how well the book works even though it is told complete from Stevens' point of view, who is a frustrating narrator. He acts on the maxim that a butler in his personality is less significant than a butler in his role, and that is something he also keeps up with the reader. That means that while Stevens presents to us what happens, his evaluations only cover manners, not emotional revelations. Still Ishiguro manages to allow the reader to look behind the facade, as he makes plain what is going on below Stevens' surface. As a reader there are times when you want to shake him and scream "do something", and I am sure Miss Kenton feels similarly. In spite of this frustrating component, "The Remains of the Day" is a book that also serves a good helping of humor and is quite a lovely book.

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