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TanjaMaFi

vor 7 Monaten

Indeed — why should I not admit it? — in that moment, my heart was breaking

Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, takes his first holiday in a long time. Soon what starts as a trip into the English countryside turns into a journey into the past and questions the very core of what Stevens' believes in

The Remains of the Day quietly but with utmost power and depth narrates the story of an ever-changing country, its history and the personal struggles of an ageing butler. Discover Kazuo Ishiguro's BookerPrize winning masterpiece with us! 

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More about the book 
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 the past. During his six-day holiday he takes us into his own unrealized love and on a journey through British history.

More about the author
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki in 1954. In 1960, his family relocated to London where he later studied English and Philosophy.
His first novel "A Pale View of Hills" was honored by the Royal Society of Literature with the Winfried-Holtby-Award.
Many more awards were to follow. In 1989 he received the Booker Prize for "The Remains of the Day". In 1995, he became an OBE.
His works have been translated into 28 languages.

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Autor: Kazuo Ishiguro
Buch: The Remains of the Day

MrsFraser

vor 7 Monaten

Who's participating this month?

Guess I am. :) Have not got the book yet but I'm positive that will change in a week or two. ;)

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Schlehenfee

vor 6 Monaten

1st Section: Beginning to Day Two
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histeriker schreibt:
One point I was thinking about is, if his mistakes he is talking about are really just a point of having too less staff, or is he just getting older and not realising it?

Either is possible. I think he is trying to justify himself, perhaps blaming staff problems in the process.
His age could also be the reason, when you get to the passage where he talks about his father, there are some parallels in my opinion.

MrsFraser

vor 6 Monaten

Narrative Perspective

Ah well, I have to disagree here. Since Stevens does not admit to his own feelings and really has no individual personality, the reader does not get to know him. It is up to the reader how much he can see behind Stevens professional masquerade, certainly it is no straightforward process to make out 'who' Stevens is.
Nevertheless, I think exactly this is intended by the choice of the narrative perspective and it is well done. I feel connected with Stevens although I am extremely frustrated by him. I pity him, but from afar.

histeriker

vor 6 Monaten

2nd Section: Day Two to Day Three
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It is interesting how much Stevens identifies with his job. It is really a vocation for him. In a way it is very sad if you think of his father, on the other hand it shows also his professional pride (I would not call it dignity though).
Miss Kenton is still quite unknown to me, I think it is the same for Stevens. And we know the story only from his perspective, so it is only logical that it is so.

MrsFraser

vor 6 Monaten

4th Section: Day Four to the End

Here's my review: https://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Kazuo-Ishiguro/-The-Remains-of-the-Day-Author-Kazuo-Ishiguro-published-on-April-1999-1443430485-w/rezension/1451837778/
I loved it because I hated it. :)

histeriker

vor 6 Monaten

3rd Section: Day Three to Day Four
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It is difficult to say what Stevens wants to achieve. I think he wants to have Miss Kenton near him, but doesn't really believe in it. I think he thought a lot about the letter, she wrote, and interpreted the things the way he wanted. He had a nice relationship with her, but didn't understand all the signals she was sending. I think he was so much a buttler a so less a human.

histeriker

vor 6 Monaten

4th Section: Day Four to the End
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I liked the book a lot, the ending is ok, not maybe the best, but it certainly fits the story. Stevens just wants to be better again, this time bantering (I like that word). He didn't really change, I think his ideas are still prevailing and he won't change that much.
I am sorry for Miss Kenton, she must know she has no chance with Stevens and she stays with her husband.

histeriker

vor 6 Monaten

4th Section: Day Four to the End

Here my review
https://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Kazuo-Ishiguro/The-Remains-of-the-Day-1162274359-w/rezension/1452279868/

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