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The Remains of the Day: Booker Prize Winner 1989 Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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WHAT IS THIS ABOUT? It's about the dying generation of butlers. You meet the most amazing humane, perfectly mannered, sensible, sensitive butler ever. He talks about incidents that took place in his life.
Judging by the name of the author, I thought I would have to read a book based on Japan and Japanese culture. I have read a few other books based on Japan so I was ok with the idea. However, it began and I found myself in a completely different place altogether. You see I found myself reading a memoir of a most exquisite specimen. The gentleman in question is one of a kind. His voice, his thoughts, his sweet-nothing observations are some to behold. Never does he ever judge, ridicule or look down upon on anybody. His vocation is singular and his quest in life is simple. It is to serve his lordship (or lord) to whom he has made available his services as a butler.
The book is set in a travail lasting for four days. In these four days the protagonist is driving through Britain. He makes various stops in cottages, inns and recalls his days by writing about them. I was astonished at how perfectly delightful and marvellous the writing style is.
WHO SHOULD READ IT?
If you enjoy a good memoir. One that leaves you feeling a bit nostalgic over someone else's past. Or if you enjoyed reading "SENSE OF AN ENDING" by Julian Barnes, you ought to read this book.
Why should you read it?
The English, the lovely writing, the stories, the greenery you will envision, the legends of a world lost but not forgotten somehow made to come back to life by a stunning dictation.
Sense of an ending by Julian Barnes
& My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
OVERALL? Of every 20 books I read I give maybe 3 books five stars. Not just that I would go on to say this is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The kind of book that reminded me of why I read in the first place. What a story, what a narration, what a character, what a protagonist.
The best thing about the book is that grave, serious and important matters like professional ethics, commitment, dedication and dignity are dealt in an interesting manner.
This book is a perfect mood elevator providing many a situations of full throttled laughter and yet profound in giving us an insight into our own lives.
The main attraction of this book is its language and its message. A message that is true for everyone of us when we regret on hindsight for lack of foresight.
The Remains of the Day is a story of a butler Stevens who takes a few days off to travel the countryside and meet an old friend and how this journey takes him into the past.
Ishiguro weaves a tale, that is beautiful and subtle. What initially is rose tinted nostalgia turns into life that is filled with regret, things that are left unsaid and hearts that are broken.
Stevens felt too real, his character reminded me of Carson from Downton Abbey with all his stoic charm. Funny in places and sad in others, the book is a delight, it's a story where nothing really happens, but somehow, a lot does. Truly moving and wonderfully written.
The book is a person's journey of denial to actions borne out of baseless principles. So many of us often develop some strong point of view on certain matters, and rationalize our actions to that end, even when we *know* they are wrong. The author brings that out beautifully. The butler is shown to have a strong degree of perception on the environment around him, and cannot bring himself to "do the right thing". The book is an ode to the struggle that each of us face in breaking off the shackles of misguided yet deep rooted principles. The book ends well, with a glimmer of optimism, stressing that it's never too late to let go, and be hopeful that whatever remains of the day, will be good
It makes for an engaging read and you end up feeling a little sad and yet optimistic at the end.
It is like a life lived well to one's principles - there is a sense of loss with a sense of accomplishment too .
A beautiful read specially the last few pages .
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