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Encyclopedia > The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day
Cover of the UK first edition
Author Kazuo Ishiguro
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Historical novel
Publisher Faber and Faber
Publication date May 1989
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 245 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-571-15310-0 (hardback edition)

The Remains of the Day (1989) is the third novel by Japanese-British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It won the Booker prize in 1989. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links KazuoIshiguro_TheRemainsOfTheDay. ... Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ Kazuo Ishiguro, originally 石黒一雄 Ishiguro Kazuo, born November 8, 1954) is a British author of Japanese origin. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... --70. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Faber and Faber is a celebrated publishing house in the UK, notable in particular for publishing the poetry of T. S. Eliot. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... “ISBN” redirects here. ... The Remains of the Day (1993) is a Merchant Ivory Film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the literary concept. ... Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ Kazuo Ishiguro, originally 石黒一雄 Ishiguro Kazuo, born November 8, 1954) is a British author of Japanese origin. ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in...

Contents

Plot introduction

Like Ishiguro's previous two novels, the story is told from the first person point of view with the narrator recalling his life through a diary while progressing through the present. Various activities in the narrator's contemporary life make him recall more and more from his past. First-person narrative is a literary technique in which the story is narrated by one character, who explicitly refers to him or herself in the first person, that is, I. the narrator is a fool putting his nose into the storytelling exercise. ... In literature and storytelling, a point of view is the related experience of the narrator — not that of the author. ... == c programming[[a--203. ...


The novel was Ishiguro's first not based in Japan or told from the point of view of a Japanese person, although his first novel, A Pale View of Hills, was told from the point of view of an elderly woman living in Britain and recalling her past in Japan. A Pale View of Hills (1982) is the first novel by award-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. ...


Explanation of the title

1. "The Remains of the Day" refers to evening, when a character finds it the best time of day to reflect on a day's work. Evening is symbolic for older age, when one can look back and assess one's life work.


2. "The Remains of the Day" also refers to the last vestiges of Great Britain's grand houses.


Plot summary

The novel The Remains of the Day tells the story of Stevens, an English butler who dedicates his life to the loyal service of Lord Darlington (mentioned in increasing detail in flashbacks). The novel begins with Stevens receiving a letter from an ex co-worker called Miss Kenton, describing her married life, which he believes hints at her unhappy marriage. The receipt of the letter allows Stevens the opportunity to revisit this once-cherished relationship, if only under the guise of possible re-employment. Stevens' new employer, a wealthy American, Mr. Farraday, grants permission for Stevens to borrow a car to take a well-earned break, a "motoring trip." As he sets out, Stevens has opportunity to reflect on his unmoving loyalty to Lord Darlington, the meaning of the term "dignity", and even his relationship with his father. Ultimately Stevens is forced to ponder the true nature of his relationship with Miss Kenton. As the book progresses, increasing evidence of Miss Kenton's one-time love for Stevens is revealed. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Butler (disambiguation). ... Domestic service also called simply service is the employment of people for wages in their employers residence. ... Several works of fiction have featured characters named Lord Darlington. ...


Working together during the years leading up to WWII, Stevens and Miss Kenton fail to admit their true feelings. All of their recollected conversations show a professional friendship, which came close, but never dared, to cross the line to romance.


Miss Kenton, it later emerges, has been married for over 20 years and therefore is no longer Miss Kenton, but Mrs. Benn. Although she admits to occasionally wondering what her life with Stevens might have been like, she has come to love her husband, and is looking forward to the birth of their first grandchild. Stevens muses over lost opportunities, both with Miss Kenton and with his long-time employer, Lord Darlington.


Characters in "The Remains of the Day"

  • Stevens – an English butler who serves in Darlington Hall
  • Miss Kenton – housekeeper, after her marriage Mrs. Benn
  • Lord Darlington – the previous, and now deceased owner of Darlington Hall
  • Mr Farraday – the new American employer of Stevens
  • Young Mr Cardinal – a journalist and the son of one of Lord Darlington's closest friends

Several works of fiction have featured characters named Lord Darlington. ...

Allusions/references to actual history, geography and current science

The major theme of the decline of the British aristocracy can be linked to the 1911 Parliament Act, which reduced the powers of the House of Lords, and to the substantial inheritance tax increases imposed after WWII which forced the break-up of many estates that had been passed down for generations. In the United Kingdom, Parliament Act refers to each of two Acts of Parliament, passed in 1911 and 1949 respectively. ...


The pro-Hitler stance of Lord Darlington has parallels in the warm relations with Germany favoured by some British aristocrats in the early 1930s, such as Lord Londonderry. Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh Marquess of Londonderry (pronounced Lundundry) is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. ...


Awards and nominations

In 1989 the novel won the Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the English speaking world. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in...


Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

The Remains of the Day (1993) is a Merchant Ivory Film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. ... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ... old Radio 4 logo BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Ian McDiarmid (born August 11, 1944) is a Tony Award-winning Scottish actor born in Carnoustie. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Reading guide from Faber and Faber
Preceded by
Oscar and Lucinda
Man Booker Prize recipient
1989
Succeeded by
Possession: A Romance

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Remains of the Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (669 words)
The Remains of the Day (1989) is the third novel by Japanese-British author Kazuo Ishiguro.
The novel was Ishiguro's first not based in Japan or told from the point of view of a Japanese person, although his first novel, A Pale View of Hills, was told from the point of view of an elderly woman living in Britain recalling her past in Japan.
The novel The Remains of the Day tells the story of Stevens, an English butler who dedicates his life to the loyal service of Lord Darlington (mentioned in increasing detail in flashbacks).
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