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The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world 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 Darlingtons greatness and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.A tragic, spiritual portrait of a perfect English butler and his reaction to his fading insular world in post-war England. A wonderful, wonderful book.
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Brooke_H
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Mehso-so

Although beautifully written, I found Mr Stevens so aggravating and Miss Kenton‘s love for him so baffling, I can‘t say that I enjoyed this.

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sarahbarnes
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I‘ve wanted to read this book for a long time, and listening to it on audio was a wonderful experience. Not surprisingly, Ishiguro expertly crafted this beautiful, devastating story, told with a level of restraint and stoicism that would be so true of the main character. I loved it.

Aimeesue One of my all time top ten reads. It‘s just brilliant 🖤 1mo
sarahbarnes @Aimeesue it really truly is. 🩵 1mo
emmasm08 It‘s a good one ! 3w
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inthegreensandblues
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It seems increasingly likely that I really will undertake the expedition that has been preoccupying my imagination now for some days.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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mom2bugnbee
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Honestly, only a 3⭐ for me, but I read only one book in November. 😔 #12booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 I enjoyed this one. 6mo
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Bookzombie
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About 70 pages in I was telling my husband I wasn‘t sure about this one, but he said he was sure I would like it. Shortly after that I was completely immersed in the story and even shed a few tears in the final pages. I‘m so glad this was the pick for #authoramonth for November. #aam #myhusbandpickedit

erzascarletbookgasm A bit of a slow start for me too, afterwards it was so engrossing 🩵 7mo
Bookzombie It was! 🙂 7mo
merelybookish One of those books I still think about it. 7mo
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dabbe I teared up, too! 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
Bookzombie @merelybookish Yes, I imagine I will too. 7mo
Bookzombie @dabbe Yes, I didn‘t expect to do that. 🩵 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I‘m glad I finally got round to reading this little gem, thanks to #AuthorAMonth . A quiet, subtle piece of work, I love the way Ishiguro unfolds the story little by little. It has many layers, and so much of what is left unsaid is just as important as what is said. Beautiful, skilful writing. As in Never Let Me Go, it leaves me thinking long after I finished it.

dabbe I loved it, too! 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 7mo
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Gissy
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Mehso-so

Read for #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville
Please don‘t shoot me🙌This is an unpopular opinion. This is an amazing author and I really liked the prose. The topic is also interesting. However, in terms of how the story was developed, it didn‘t work for me. I didn‘t see the novel as a character driven one, the plot? I don‘t have much to say. I saw the novel as a beautiful narrative, description of events, stories, loose Stevens anecdotes⬇️

Gissy (Cont.) Even the end is an open one. There is no transformation in Stevens. Poor Mss Kenton/Mrs Benn. So intense that relationship. But this is an unpopular opinion. I know many readers love this book. I still want to watch the movie. I haven‘t watch it yet. I have heard amazing things about the movie. 3.5/3.8⭐️
November 2023 #BookSpinBingo (#1) @TheAromaOfBooks
#Rushathon @DieAReader @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES
#NovelNovember Readathon @Andrew65
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DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
dabbe This is what makes literature great; everyone has his/her/their own opinion, and it only makes all of us wiser to listen to all thoughts. 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 7mo
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dabbe
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As my first read by Ishiguro, I was stunned by his subtle and elegant prose. It captured perfectly the restraint of our 1st-person narrator, Stevens, who is not only on a physical journey in the English countryside, but an internal one as well. Now in his advanced years, Steven is searching for the overall meaning to his life and if his sacrifices have all been worth it in the end. This journey of both the mind and soul is worth the read.

AnnR Lovely review, @dabbe. I meant to read this one during November but just didn't get to it. 7mo
dabbe @AnnR What's that sone from RUDOLPH? “There's always tomorrow ...“ 🤩🤗😍 7mo
Suet624 Great review of a book I have somehow still not read. 7mo
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vlwelser
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I loved this. The author is the absolute master of the unreliable narrator.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Megabooks 💯💯 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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Susanita
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I‘ve had this on my TBR list for a while, but if not for #authoramonth I might have bailed. I just wanted it to go somewhere! Literally and figuratively. While on a traveling vacation through the English countryside, an aging butler reflects on his career and congratulates himself for maintaining the “dignity required of his profession,” instead of ever recognizing his emotions. BUT the writing is lovely, and ultimately the story is poignant.

Soubhiville I had mixed feelings about this one as well. 8mo
Susanita @Soubhiville I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who feels this way. Booker Prize, etc. 8mo
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JacqMac
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This was my first Kazuo Ishiguro. I probably wouldn‘t have read it without #AuthorAMonth. That‘s kinda what I love most about #AAM though. Reading things I normally wouldn‘t. I did love the snarky bits. I think I want to watch the movie now.
@Soubhiville

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Bklover
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I read this for #authoramonth for November. I had previously read Never Let Me Go and I absolutely LOVED it. This one I had a little trouble starting- I knew it was wonderful and I was enjoying it in a peaceful kind of way. And then I found out it was Anthony Hopkins in the movie and suddenly I was emotionally invested. So I loved it, but I needed Anthony to make me love it! #AAM #November

erzascarletbookgasm I loved Never Let Me Go too, one of those books I wished I could read again for the first time. 8mo
vlwelser If only he was the audiobook narrator! 8mo
dabbe You‘ve inspired me to finish! 🤩 8mo
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Bklover @erzascarletbookgasm oh, I do too! It was wonderful!!🧡 8mo
Bklover @vlwelser Oh wouldn‘t that be great?!!🧡 8mo
Bklover @dabbe Just keep Anthony H in the back of your mind!🧡 8mo
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LeafingThroughLife
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What a well-drawn character is Stevens! This is a bit of a somber, reflective story of a man in the twilight of his career who sacrificed everything to serve as butler in the house of a great man. As he takes an unusual vacation to reconnect with a former housekeeper, Stevens reflects on matters of dignity and greatness and wonders if it was worth it. This reads like a classic in the best kind of way. #authoramonth #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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gossamerchild
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This was so. Good. Surprisingly funny, subtly snarky, and oh so endearing. Absolutely, hands down my favorite Ishiguro. So glad I read this ❤️❤️

#AuthoraMonth @Soubhiville

TheBookHippie Our eleventh graders read this in honors English- they always love it. 8mo
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Megabooks
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Yes! I‘ve finally found my Ishiguro! The format is simple. A post-WWII English butler is driving from his estate to visit a former employee. He reflects on his relationship with her, the complicated legacy of his former employer, and gets a little salty that he‘s not in the Halifax Society of great butlers. I liked the reveals. I liked how the butler was oblivious in some ways yet very tuned in in others. Great character! #AuthorAMonth

Megabooks Thanks for the gift @BarbaraBB !! 😘😘 8mo
Anna40 I love this book 8mo
sarahbarnes I‘ve still never read this one, but it‘s on my list! Glad you liked it! 8mo
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Megabooks @Anna40 it was a delight! 8mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I think you‘d like it! 😁 8mo
Tamra I‘m such a fan girl of the film, I can‘t help but encourage everyone to watch it! 8mo
Librarybelle I loved this one! 8mo
Readerann Loved this as well! 8mo
Megabooks @Tamra it‘s on my list to watch this month! 8mo
Megabooks @Librarybelle @Readerann this was such a satisfying read! 8mo
BarbaraBB Did I send you this one? I don‘t even remember but I am glad you enjoyed it! It is my favorite Ishiguro! 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes you did! 😁😁😁 Christmas last year, and authors had just been announced for aam, so I saved it until now! 8mo
BarbaraBB Perfect! 😘 8mo
squirrelbrain I‘m going to do a re-read of this one, as I think it merits it (I read it a couple of years ago) 8mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain yes! It‘s definitely one I‘d reread. 8mo
Suet624 Still haven't read this one. I really should. 8mo
Soubhiville Yay! Glad you liked it! 8mo
Megabooks @Suet624 @Soubhiville it was a very enjoyable read! I hope you try it, Sue! 8mo
Centique I love this one. So subtly devastating. 🤯 8mo
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Amiable
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I was not looking forward to this month‘s #AuthorAMonth because I‘d already read and disliked one of his other novels (“Never Let Me Go). But this one surprised me—in a good way. It was quiet and poignant and nostalgic with dashes of humor and melancholy. Perhaps it did end a bit abruptly, but I‘m not really sure what else could have been said or done to extend the story.

Soubhiville Glad you liked it! 8mo
Amiable @Soubhiville I‘m glad I did, too! I feel like Ishiguro is an author I SHOULD like. But my initial experience didn‘t make me want to delve any deeper into his catalog. 8mo
Tamra The movie with Emma Thompson & Anthony Hopkins is even better! 💕 8mo
Anna40 I love this book 8mo
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Andrew65
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First book finished for #AuthorAMonth for November @Soubhiville

Not read any books by this author previously so wasn‘t sure what to expect from this one. I enjoyed the historical dimension of this one, as well as the personal dimension. Overall very enjoyable but felt it came to quite an abrupt ending that I felt a little let down by, but still a pick for the experience.

#Rushathon @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses Book 3 for November.

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
Soubhiville Glad you mostly liked it. 8mo
Andrew65 @Soubhiville Thanks, currently reading Klara and the Sun which feels a bit weaker. 8mo
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TheSpineView
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#IdiomInsight @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
#CoolAsACucumber

Stevens is cool as a cucumber. Unfortunately, it ends up costing him so much.

KadaGul @TheSpineView books📚 like these remind me #Franz Kafka's #Metamorphosis. 10mo
Eggs Brilliant choice 💚🥒💚 10mo
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 This is beautifully written, but also so quiet that I ended up saving it for something to listen to when I had trouble sleeping. It wasn‘t boring, just quiet. But there were deeper themes around finding worth in duty and service as opposed to living one‘s own life and what kinds of trade offs that entails.

Tamra If you haven‘t, check out the film with Hopkins & Thompson. They bring it to life! 💕 10mo
fredthemoose @Tamra I will—thanks! 10mo
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Tkimsal
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30 Book Recommendations in 30 Days — Day 24 “The Remains of the Day,” by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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LatrelWhite
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I have a lot of water 💦 to drink because I‘ve been so engross with this book today! Who knew…

BarbaraBB Such a good book! 1y
LatrelWhite @barbarabb I see!!!!☺️ watching the movie next❤️ 1y
LatrelWhite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️excellent! 1y
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Veebee
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This is the first book by Kazuo Ishiguro that I have read , and he has instantly become my favorite author. There is such simplicity, innocence and delicate human emotions woven in his writing ! The novel is about an ageing Butler who has served his Master with great loyalty and looks back at his life and what remains of his day, while undertaking a journey. There is a movie based on the book starring Anthony Hopkins.

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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join in if you want!

#ABookADay2023

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Bklover
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Got these for #authoramonth for August and November so I only need Kate Morton‘s new one coming out in April and I‘m set for the year!

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TheSpineView
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Happy November everyone! I hope your month is fabulous! Here are the #Two4Tuesday questions for today.

My answers:
1. The book needs to be set prior to 1950. If it is newer it doesn't feel historical because I remember it. So dating myself here.
2. The Remains of the Day reminds me of fall because it feels like an ending of an era and love. Fall is an ending of warmer weather and the transition to cold. This book is a transition.

julesG I like your 1) 😁 2y
Eggs Thanks for tagging me 🧡 2y
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SanjanaGhosh
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Pickpick

It was refreshing to read a book from the butlers POV for a change...not sure how accurate a portrayal it was but thoroughly enjoyable!

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julesG
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kspenmoll Looks scrumptious! A reading retreat! Jealous but happy for you! 2y
tpixie Amazing! Thanks for sharing! 2y
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suvata
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The novel tells, in first-person narration, the story of Stevens, an English butler who has dedicated his life to the loyal service of Lord Darlington (who is recently deceased, and whom Stevens describes in increasing detail in flashbacks). As the work progresses, two central themes are revealed: Lord Darlington was a Nazi sympathizer; and Stevens is in love with Miss Kenton, the housekeeper at Darlington Hall, Lord Darlington's estate.

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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

This was my second by Ishiguro and I didn‘t like it as much. (First was Never Let Me Go.)
I found the very proper sounding language of the MC quite off putting, and his professional disconnect was actually disturbing.
But I feel like it‘s a classic and I‘m glad I read it. Also it was my #bookspin- fortuitous drawing as I was already halfway through it.

Pictured behind the book: the first plants in my new garden space! #litsycrafters

Soubhiville Purple Heart, Summer Snapdragons, and a Texas Mountain Laurel. I have more to plant tomorrow morning 😊. 2y
AmyG Ooooo flowers. Post a pic when they have grown in. Will be beautiful. 2y
Hooked_on_books Nice garden work! I‘ve only read his newest one, Klara and the Sun. I keep meaning to read more from him. He seems to often defy genre and I like that. 2y
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UwannaPublishme Love your garden area and new blooms! 🌸 Also loved the film based on this book with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. 2y
Catsandbooks Yay for new plants! 🌱 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress, both on books and gardens!! I spent the day outside yesterday as well!! Things are coming together!! 2y
Tamra Definitely try the film with Hopkins & Thompson! The MC‘s professionalism/distance is his defense mechanism against the vagaries of life and the heart. It‘s his method of controlling his small sphere. 2y
Soubhiville @Tamra and @UwannaPublishme I will watch it, thank you for the recommendation! 2y
Tamra @Soubhiville it‘s an all time favorite for both me & hubby. We watch it annually. 2y
alysonimagines I can echo the movie rec! I saw the movie years ago, before I read the book. Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are pitch perfect in their roles. (I liked picturing their faces when I read the book later on.) I love the book as well, but I think the movie is more accessible, as it can convey more than the MC is willing to show, so you might enjoy it more than the book. 🙂 2y
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Megabooks
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I am ridiculously excited for these birthday gifts Barbara, especially the tagged book because you recommended it back when I bailed on Klara. Plus you know my love for short stories and I have never read Lucy Barton, which seems like a great quick read. Thank you! I really appreciate you and your friendship!! 💜🥰😘

Megabooks I‘m sorry if you‘ve already gone to bed. Things are crazy here. It‘s snowing for the first time ever in my 42 years on my birthday!! 😯❄️ 2y
Soubhiville Happy birthday! I hope you‘re having a great day. 2y
Suet624 Happy birthday!!! 2y
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LeahBergen Lovely gifts. I really liked The Remains of the Day! 2y
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 2y
BarbaraBB I just came home from a night in town. I am very happy you like them. I‘ve thought a lot about what to send you. Did you have a good time at B&N? 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I can tell you put in thought because your choices are right on. 💜💜 I did have a good time. I just posted my haul with a picture of the snow, which is still falling as it gets dark. Just crazy that it‘s snowing on my birthday. I hope you had a fun night! 2y
BarbaraBB It is kind of special to t snows at your birthday. But if it isn‘t normal it is a bit scary too. I‘m going to scroll for your haul now. I hope you had a good time! ❤️ 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it‘s not snowing hard enough to be scary, but it did start out as ice pellets, which was worrisome, but now it‘s just regular snow. Just fun to look at! 2y
Megabooks @Soubhiville @Suet624 @LeahBergen @Ruthiella thank you all for the birthday wishes!! I‘m excited to read these!! 2y
Cinfhen Lovely gifts!! And snow ⛄️ 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was fun to have the snow! It‘s mostly melted now. 2y
Centique A belated happy birthday Meg! I hope you had a lovely day. I‘m so glad @BarbaraBB sent you Remains of the Day, it is such a subtly beautiful book - so much below the surface. I wish you much better health for this year, lots of lovely books and perfect puppy cuddles 💕🎂🐶 2y
Megabooks @Centique thank you so much Paula!! I really appreciate the sweet birthday wishes!! 😘😘 2y
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TheSpineView
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AllDebooks This book 😍 2y
Eggs Perfect 💔 2y
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mjtwo
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14-20 Feb 2022 (audiobook)
I absolutely loved this story told by a slightly unreliable (or just deluded) narrator who served as a butler in a great English house between the wars. As he recounts his years of service he comes to the realisation that the man he had served may not have deserved such loyalty and devotion.
This book raises the question of what makes a good life. For me, the answer is family and friends - not devotion to work.

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Kayla.Adriena
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These are just the books I have on hand; I also have a copy of the tagged book The Remains of the Day somewhere unknown in my book stacks 😆. Let me know your thoughts! @MaleficentBookDragon @MeganAnn @phantomx

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MeganAnn I mentioned this on @MaleficentBookDragon ‘s post, but the Traveling Cat Chronicles is on my tbr as well so I‘d love that one. Never Let Me Go also sounds good so that would be my second choice. 2y
MaleficentBookDragon Never Let Me Go is one of my friend‘s favorite books, and she still talks about it years later, so I vote for that. (I already own Cat Chronicles so that would be my second choice). 2y
phantomx Never Let Me Go sounds good (it's been on my tbr list for years) 2y
Kayla.Adriena @phantomx @MaleficentBookDragon @MeganAnn Final choice: Never Let Me Go 🎉 2y
MaleficentBookDragon I think it is very funny that three of us had The Travelling Cat Chronicles on our lists but it isn't one we are reading. 😹
@MeganAnn @phantomx
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Kayla.Adriena @MaleficentBookDragon buddy read eventually 😂🤔 2y
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cant_i'm_booked
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An elegant book with a plot simple enough (an English butler, on a road trip, reminiscing on his past thirty years of “dignified” service to a controversial lord and “gentleman”) but which disguises a deeper undertow of meaning: an interrogation of the idea of one‘s allegiance to something that may not deserve such. It is the butler‘s roundabout attempts to hide these truths from himself, even up to the last page, which makes this story so sad.

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MelKelsey
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Book 152

I listened to The Remains of the Day, a well-done novel with a classical feel, by Kazuo Ishiguro. It is a slow-paced dive into Stevens, a butler in England in the early to mid-1900s. His character is so stiff and...butlery, but you warm up to him. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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shawnmooney
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https://youtu.be/KZ4gaeWD_RE

A playlist of all episodes in the Bite-sized Book Chat series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf

Chat #1: with Abhishek from Bangalore

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Chat #2: with with Georgia from York

Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan (George Miller, translator)

shawnmooney Chat #3: with Trish from Liverpool

Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis by Jeffrey H. Jackson

Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson

Chat #4: with Joseph from Calgary

The Last Days of Mandelstam by Vénus Khoury-Ghata
Teresa Lavender Fagan (Translation)

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LeahBergen @TrishB ! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Ruthiella How cool @TrishB ! 😎 3y
TrishB Thanks Shawn- it was good fun. 3y
TrishB @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 😁 I made the kids watch it first and tell me if i was awful! I enjoyed doing it though. 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB well done Trish. Inspiring review from you 👍🏻❤️ 3y
TrishB @Cathythoughts thank you Cathy ♥️ 3y
BarbaraBB You were very good @TrishB and so nice to see you ‘live‘! 3y
TrishB @BarbaraBB thank you 😘 3y
Centique I just watched @TrishB You were amazing! I‘m totally sold on reading that book soon too 😍 3y
Reggie ❤️🧡💛💚💙TrishB! Remember on my post where you said we all like to think we‘d be the brave ones and here you are reading about 2 queer women‘s resistance in WW2. I loved listening to you. Well done! 3y
TrishB @Centique @Reggie thank you both 😘 lovely friends! 3y
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Allkat
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Just read this one, and Klara and the Sun. Both are 5 star. Love the delicate placement of each word. Will seek out and read all of this author!🥰

BarbaraBB I loved this one but Klara less! 3y
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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Oh. My. Word. I LOVED this book! The humor, the emotion, the drama, the relationships! It was so subtle yet so profound. So amazing!! This was my book club pick this month, and I can‘t wait to hear what other people thought! I hope the enjoyed the writing as much as I did! It‘s a bit challenging, but so worth it. This left my in tears! Definitely becoming one of my favorite books.

Lesliereads I forgot how beautifully written this one is until you expressed your enthusiasm!❤️ 3y
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Lesliereads Yes! I was blown away! 3y
BarbaraBB I loved this one so much too! 3y
Erin.Elizabeth10 @BarbaraBB Yes! It was so good! 3y
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Bigwig
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Yes, the narrator‘s voice in my head was Anthony Hopkins throughout the entirety of this novel. It‘s unavoidable if, like me, you saw the iconic Merchant Ivory adaptation first. Ishiguro is so good - the writing is like a chesterfield sofa with buttery old leather that you just sink into. The story of an English butler who aspires to the very best of his profession while perhaps missing out on his one chance at love is elegant and heartbreaking.

Nute Excellent review! This is one of my most favorite books, and the movie adaptation with Anthony Hopkins was spot on! 3y
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marleed
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This is a beautifully written book capturing the emotions (or lack thereof) of one man‘s incapacity to live his life for himself because his life is his work and it demands he honorably serve another man. So many beautiful words to slow down and think about.

Cathythoughts The movie was so memorable... still havnt read though 3y
Eggs Still on my wish list! Love this photo👏🏻 3y
marleed @Cathythoughts @Eggs I haven‘t seen the movie yet - now I can‘t wait. This is such a quiet book - one that just tells you to slow down and absorb the words. 3y
Tamra So funny, because my husband and I were just this morning talking about how much we love the book and especially the movie. It‘s my favorite movie. Both allow for a different interpretation on each viewing/reading. 👍🏾👍🏾 3y
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GinaKButler
The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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This year I‘m focusing on backlist titles and this is one that‘s been on “the list” for a long time. Glad to finally crack it open.

I‘m using it as my 1950s book for The Decades Reading Challenge.

#bookspinbingo

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Minervasbutler
The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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A beautifully understated meditation on regret, missed opportunity and misplaced loyalty which also manages to be much funnier than I remembered it.

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Centique
The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I feel I may be one of the last people who hadn‘t read this already! What a beautiful book. It is a talented author who can write something that seems so simple and yet tells you something profound. It‘s like the magicians sleight of hand. You‘re busy looking at the wand and meanwhile a rabbit has appeared in his other hand 🤯 ⬇️

Centique Here we are taking a simple car ride with an elderly butler indulging in recollections of former grandeur - and yet as we look beyond what we are being told, a far richer and more complex narrative is presenting itself. So much to mull over here, and now I have to watch the movie! 3y
Ruthiella The movie is fantastic too. Great review! You‘re right, the book has so many layers. 3y
Hooked_on_books I haven‘t read it! So you‘re not last, anyway. 😉 3y
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TrishB Great review ❤️ 3y
Centique @Hooked_on_books oh I am in good company then. This is quite a slim book so you‘ll get through it fast when you get to it 😊 3y
Tamra At some point see the movie! 👍🏾👍🏾 3y
ravenlee This is on my list, too - and the movie, which I‘ve never seen. 3y
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KarinWestbrook
The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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𝙸𝚝𝚜 𝚊 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚒𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍! 𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚢.

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝𝚜 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚜𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐?

𝚆𝚑𝚘𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚞𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛? 𝙵𝚎𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚜𝚞𝚗𝚗𝚢 𝙲𝙰 𝚝𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢!

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readingjedi
The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Oh my. What a tour de force! A masterclass in top quality literature! This is nothing less than exquisite. It's hilarious (the birds & bees scene) & it's clever (the slow reveal of truth) & it's poignantly, infuriatingly, heartbreakingly sad. How a thing done with such sublime subtlety can pack such an immense emotional punch is an absolute wonder. There are so many layers here, so much to unpack that ... cont. in comments ⬇️⬇️

readingjedi From above: ...a repeat reading is almost obligatory. So much of this book lingers in my mind - the nostalgia, the obsolete way of life, the missed opportunities, the denial, the regret... What an absolute corker of a novel, an utter delight and I'm absolutely obsessed & in love with it! 3y
Scochrane26 I‘ll try to reread this sometime. I enjoyed it but my timing wasn‘t good & I prob would have liked it more if I hadn‘t been on a mission trip with middle schoolers where we were dirty, hungry, hot, & tired. 3y
Tamra Please try the movie! It‘s one of the few instances where I like the film better. I know that‘s sacrilegious.....😏 3y
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Vansa @Tamra Agreed.The movie is SPECTACULAR.Such beautiful nuanced performances.Incredibly well made. 3y
Tamra @Vansa superb acting - two of my very favorites. 3y
ClairesReads Lovely review! I absolutely agree this is one that rewards a reread 3y
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ClairesReads
The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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This is a remarkably restrained piece of writing, and in this way it‘s classic Ishiguro. This examination of a world and time in irreversible decline is a story where much more happens between the lines, than on them. It‘s a story about the distance that often sits between our interior and exterior worlds. It‘s a story that asks us to imagine how life might have been different, and reminds us how difficult an imagination that is to have.

BarbaraBB One of my all time favorites 3y
Centique I have this on hold at the library so hoping I get to it soon. There‘s quite a lot of holds on it for an older book, I was surprised! 3y
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readingjedi Just posted my own review of this. Wanted to say I love your reviews, you always have something interesting & intelligent to share. So - thank you! 3y
ClairesReads @Centique yes it‘s a popular one, for good reason. I hope you enjoy it 😊 3y
ClairesReads @readingjedi thank you so much! That‘s so kind of you to say- I really enjoyed your review too. This is such a wonderful book 3y
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