The Remains of the Day

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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro Summary

Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning masterpiece became an international bestseller on publication, was adapted into an award-winning film, and has since come to be regarded as a modern classic. The Remains of the Day is a spellbinding portrayal of a vanished way of life and a haunting meditation on the high cost of duty. It is also one of the most subtle, sad and humorous love stories ever written. It is the summer of 1956, when Stevens, a man who has dedicated himself to his career as a perfect butler in the one-time great house of Darlington Hall, sets off on a holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and, unexpectedly, into his own past, especially his friendship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton. As memories surface of his lifetime "in service" to Lord Darlington, and of his life between the wars, when the fate of the continent seemed to lie in the hands of a few men, he finds himself confronting the dark undercurrent beneath the carefully run world of his employer.

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The universally acclaimed novel—winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film. Here is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.

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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro Summary

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of Never Let Me Go Winner of the Booker Prize A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. 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.

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Kazuo Ishiguro by Marc Porée Summary

Taking after the diary form (and composed with echoes of the dramatic monologue in mind), this study features six entries, like the six days of Stevens's journey into the West Country: The Road to Darlington Hall (and to Weymouth Pier), Anamnesis, Enunciation, the Butler's image, Freud and the butler, an Anatomy of Britain. The unspectacular greatness of Kazuo lshiguro's novel is seen to derive from its unsparing investigation into the historical and literary, conditions of Englishness as well as from the singularity of its vantage point: a case of East meeting West-without the itch to write back.

A Study Guide for Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day"

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A Study Guide for Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day" by Gale, Cengage Learning Summary

A Study Guide for Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Book Analysis)

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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Book Analysis) by Dylan Alling Summary

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Remains of the Day with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, which follows Stevens, the butler of Darlington Hall, as he reflects on his situation and career. Stevens takes great pride in his professionalism and service to the owner of the Hall, and constantly puts his sense of duty above his own needs and feelings. However, the world he lives in is changing rapidly, and in the course of the novel he reflects on his past and on what he sees as a vanishing age of honour. The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro’s third novel and is among his most acclaimed works, winning the Man Booker Prize in 1989. Ishiguro is also known for his novels Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. Find out everything you need to know about The Remains of the Day in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

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A Study Guide to "The Remains of the Day" by Essaka Joshua Summary

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Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day by Adam Parkes Summary

Continuum Contemporaries will be a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration for members of book clubs and readings groups, as well as for literature students.The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed, and most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question. The books in the series will all follow the same structure:a biography of the novelist, including other works, influences, and, in some cases, an interview; a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas; a summary of how the novel was received upon publication; a summary of how the novel has performed since publication, including film or TV adaptations, literary prizes, etc.; a wide range of suggestions for further reading, including websites and discussion forums; and a list of questions for reading groups to discuss.

Kazuo Ishiguro: "The Remains of the Day" - Stevens' Philosophy of Life

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Kazuo Ishiguro: "The Remains of the Day" - Stevens' Philosophy of Life by N.A Summary

Seminar paper from the year 2001 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2, University of Frankfurt (Main), course: Contemporary British Fiction, 12 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Kazuo Ishiguro's novel "The Remains of the Day" is about Stevens' life as a butler. With the help of his personal and professional relationships with the additional main characters - his father, his employer Lord Darlington and Miss Kenton, who he loved without knowing it- it shall be shown what Stevens' life was like, which course his life took and what reason there is at the end of his journey to ask himself what he has achieved and what remains of his life.

The Remains of Thatcher. Is Kazuo Ishiguro's the Remains of the Day a Metaphorical Critique to Thatcher's Nostalgia Policy?

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The Remains of Thatcher. Is Kazuo Ishiguro's the Remains of the Day a Metaphorical Critique to Thatcher's Nostalgia Policy? by Sven Uhle Summary

Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Koblenz-Landau (Institut für fremdsprachliche Philologien, Abt. Anglistik), course: British Heritage in Literature and Film, language: English, abstract: This paper sets out to analyze Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day (1989) with a particular focus on the novel's protagonist as a representation of typical English stereotypes. The following paper is divided into five chapters. After a brief introduction in chapter 1, an introductory overview of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel follows in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 tries to define the term Englishness as a national identity. Chapter 4 comprises a close reading analysis of the two major motifs in The Remains of the Day. In the fifth chapter, the author draws a comparison between the decline of Darlington Hall with the decline of the British Empire. He tries to emphasize in how far Thatcher's policy is offended by Ishiguro's novel. Chapter 6 will present a conclusion on the findings from the topics covered in this paper and gives a prospect on further research questions Margaret Thatcher's reordering of the duties and responsibilities of the state, the privatization of state-owned industries, and the restrictions in the welfare policy were unique and caused a sensation in the European Community. In her political agenda, the term 'British Identity' was highlighted, especially in relation to her foreign policy campaigns, like the Falkland's War or her concerns about the European Community. In his novel The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro establishes a set of typical English stereotypes. Those stereotypes cover a sense of nostalgia, which is, according to Su, ..". essential in forming a national identity." The nostalgia in the novel is established around the protagonist Stevens, who is obliged with the terms of dignity and Englishness. Margaret Thatcher's call for a return to 'Victorian values' is dedi

About: Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day

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About: Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day by Stefanie Grill Summary

Essay from the year 2001 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0 (B), University of Stuttgart (FB Anglistics), course: Essay Writing, 6 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "The Remains of the Day", winner of the 1989 Booker Prize, was written by Kazuo Ishiguro in 1989. Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki , Japan, on November 8, 1954. At the age of five he came to Great Britain, were he had a typical English upbringing with an immersion in Japanese culture and language. Ishiguro has gained a reputation as one of the finest British writers. "His fiction deals broadly with themes of self-deception, truth and the clash of public and private images of his characters. He reworks the images which people have both of themselves and of their historical background. He situates his work firmly in the inner world of his characters and often avoids much overt plot construction." While set technically in the present, most of the novel takes place in a sequence of reminiscences in the past. The book tells the story of an old man who takes a trip across England to the sea. His name is Stevens, and he had been the head butler at Darlington Hall, a famous country house, for many years. He is going to visit a woman, he has not seen in a long time: Miss Kenton, who was once the housekeeper at Darlington Hall. He thinks perhaps she can be persuaded to resume her old position under the hall′s new owner, a retired American Congressman. Along his way to the sea, in flashback, we see his memories of the great days at Darlington Hall, when Lord Darlington played host to the world′s leaders. The work gives you an analysis of the major parts of the book, including characterisation and development of Mr. Stevens, history in "The Remains of the Day" and structure and presentation of narrative notes.

Lectures d'une œuvre, The remains of the day de Kazuo Ishiguro

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Lectures d'une œuvre, The remains of the day de Kazuo Ishiguro by François Gallix Summary

Cet ouvrage - dont l'introduction a été écrite par Brian W. Shaffer, auteur du seul livre consacré entièrement à l'œuvre d'Ishiguro -, s'est assuré la collaboration d'un grand nombre de ceux qui - anglophones ou francophones ont déjà publié des textes marquants sur les romans d'Ishiguro. Le livre, réparti en trois sections : " Ecriture ", " Histoire / Histoires " et " Lectures ", se termine par une bibliographie très détaillée incluant une liste des nombreux sites internet à exploiter. Les lectures de chacun des auteurs de ce volume sont très personnelles et différentes les unes des autres - ce qui confirme, s'il en était besoin, la richesse d'un grand texte susceptible de multiples interprétations. Certaines questions se croisent, se recoupent, s'interrogent et se répondent, pour former la charpente du récit en donnant au lecteur des idées directrices que chacun pourra développer en fonction des cours et de ses propres lectures. Un catalogue à la Prévert permet ainsi de relever : la non-fiabilité du narrateur, l'identité du narrataire à qui Stevens s'adresse sans cesse, la fragilité du souvenir et de la mémoire, l'onomastique, les notions de " dignité ", de " gentleman ", de " nostalgie ", de " bantering ", de " voyage vers l'ouest ", le rôle de la lettre de Miss Kenton, le(s) sens du titre et de la fin d'un récit qu'il faut découvrir en sachant lire (et relire) entre les lignes.

Memory in Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day"

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Memory in Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day" by Mona Baumann Summary

Seminar paper from the year 2017 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Frankfurt (Main) (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), language: English, abstract: This paper analyes the book „The Remains oft he Day“ from Kazuo Ishiguro. It is told from the perspective of Stevens, an elderly head butler, who, during a six- day road trip to England’s West Country, reflects on his past at the country mansion Darlington Hall. He dedicated his life to serving Lord Darlington, a labelled traitor and Nazi sympathizer, and to the task of being a “great” butler. Shortly after the war, Mr Farraday, an American purchases the estate and minimizes the staff drastically. Under him, Darlington Hall is no longer the meeting point for “the wealthy and influential”

Stevens' Ideology of Life

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Stevens' Ideology of Life by Sonja Schäfer Summary

Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Remains of the day is about an elderly butler, named Stevens who is sent on a trip through England by his new master, Mr Farraday, an American. Stevens only agrees to this trip because he wants to see Miss Kenton, the former housekeeper of Darlington Hall and hopes that she is willing to work there again. During his trip, Stevens thinks back to the time when Lord Darlington was still his master, the period between World War I and World War II. We learn soon that Lord Darlington was involved in political affairs and sympathised with the supporters of Fascism. However, Stevens did not question his master’s point of view and just served. He is obsessed with the idea of being a good butler and puts his private life in second place. At the end, he realises that he has made great mistakes in his life which were not even his own (256). This novel deals mainly with Mr Stevens and his ideology of life. Those views become clear, for example, when he gives his definitions of greatness, dignity and professionalism, ideals which are of great importance to him in his life. He tries to live and work in accordance with them, too. He bases his whole life on this. Nevertheless, his relationships with other characters in the novel show his ideology of life, too. Therefore, this essay will be concerned with Stevens’ ideology of life. Then, it will be obvious how Stevens sees the things and whether he has learned anything from his life or not.

Never Let Me Go

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Summary

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is. Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.

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Kazuo Ishiguro by Barry Lewis Summary

The first complete study of Ishiguro's work from A Pale View of the Hills to When We Were Orphans, this book explores the centrality of dignity and displacement in Ishiguro's vision, and teases out the connotations of home and homelessness in his fictions. Barry Lewis focuses on such key questions as: How Japanese is Ishiguro?; What role does memory and unreliability play in his narratives?; Why was The Unconsoled understood to be such a radical break from the earlier novels?