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Book s to go bag 184 : The remains of the day

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  • ISBN: 0394573439
  • ISBN: 0679731725 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9780679731726 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 10 books + 1 guide in bag.
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  • Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1989.

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General Note: "One of the best books of the year".-- The New York Times Book Review.
Winner of the Booker prize.
Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Faber and Faber Ltd., London, and in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., in 1989.
Publisher and pagination may vary.
Summary, etc.: A profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in 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.
Subject: Country homes > England > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > England > Fiction.
Domestics > England > Fiction.
England > Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Love stories.

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by Ishiguro, Kazuo
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A fascinating novel about England by a Japanese-born English novelist. The narrative centers on Stevens, an aging English butler, and his solitary drive westward across the English countryside. It is a journey through his memory as well, and Stevens, who has so far structured his life around the meticulous details of caring for his uppre-class employers' comfort, gradually begins to confront the essential hollowness of his long life and the self-deception that has sustained him through it. Sad and humorous, this book is as much a haunting story about an ordinary man's heightened self-knowledge--which liberates as well as horrifies him--as it is a hilarious critique of the English class system and the uncertainties of postimperial Britain. Ishiguro, who has the advantage of being simultaneously a cultural insider and an observant outsider, projects a vision of English life that is affectionate as well as deftly ironic. Recommended for graduate and undergraduate students of English studies and general readers, this novel has just been awarded the prestigious Booker Prize in Britain. -E. S. Nelson, SUNY College at Cortland

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Ishiguro is an Englishman of Japanese descent (he moved to England as a small child) whose two previous novels (A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World) featured Japanese characters; here, he breaks new ground with a slow-moving rumination on the world of the English country-house butler. For 35 years, Stevens was Lord Darlington's butler, giving faithful service. Now, in 1956, Darlington Hall has a new, American owner, and Stevens is taking a short break to drive to the West Country and visit Mrs. Benn, the housekeeper until she left the Hall to get married. The novel is predominantly flashbacks to the 20's and 30's, as Stevens evaluates his profession and concludes that "dignity" is the key to the best butlering; beyond that, a great butler devotes himself "to serving a great gentleman--and through the latter, to serving humanity." He considers he "came of age" as a butler in 1923, when he successfully oversaw an international conference while his father, also a butler, lay dying upstairs. A second key test came in 1936, when the housekeeper announced her engagement (and departure) during another major powwow. Each time, Stevens felt triumphant--his mask of professional composure never slipped. Yet two things become clear as Stevens drives West. Lord Darlington, as a leading appeaser of Hitler, is now an utterly discredited figure; far from "serving humanity," Stevens had misplaced his trust in an employer whose life was "a sad waste." As for the housekeeper, she had always loved Stevens, but failed to penetrate his formidable reserve; and at their eventual, climactic meeting, which confirms that it's too late for both of them, he acknowledges to himself that the feeling was mutual. This novel has won high praise in England, and one can certainly respect the convincing voice and the carefully bleached prose; yet there is something doomed about Ishiguro's effort to enlist sympathy for such a self-censoring stuffed shirt, and in the end he can manage only a small measure of pathos for his disappointed servant. Copyright ├é┬ęKirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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A journey of brilliant insight into British class and culture in which Stevens, an English butler, faces the truth about himself and comes to terms with his own fallacies.

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Stevens, an elderly butler who has spent 30 years in the service of Lord Darlington, ruminates on the past and inadvertently slackens his rigid grip on his emotions to confront the central issues of his life. PW called this Booker Prize-winner ``a tour de force--both a compelling psychological study and a portrait of a vanished social order.'' Author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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