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The Remains of the Day Free download é 0 ✓ Librarian's note See alternate cover edition of ISBN 0571225381 hereIn the summer of 1956 Stevens a long serving butler at Darlington Hall decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country The six day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and England a past that takes in fasStevens and England a past that takes in fascism two world wars and an unrealised love between the butler and his housekeeper. Firmly in My Top 3 Ever Overwhelmingly Profound Regret came shivering through my veinsAnd bound my tongue in iron chains;My soul in prison seem'd to beAnd ever must if torn from theeThe Recall to Affection Susanna Blamire Oh yesterday came suddenlyYesterday Lennon McCartney 1965It is nearly impossible to describe this novel without alluding to what I believe is the most heartbreaking scene in all literature Ishiguro's novel whisks the human memory its capacity reliability fallibility and combustibility As the story moves forward he drops clues to the murkiness of the manservant narrator Stevens' recollections of decades in service at Darlington Hall and his relationship with the head maid Ms KentonExceptionally stirring this novel is unrivaled in illuminating or getting through to the reader” on two life changing themes1 the heartbreaking nature of reflecting and forever speculating what might have happened had such and such a moment turned out differently while it is all very well to talk of 'turning points' one can surely only recognize such moments in retrospect Naturally when one looks back to such instances today they may indeed take the appearance of being crucial precious moments in one's life; but of course at the time this was not the impression one had Rather it was as though one had available a never ending number of days months years in which to sort out the vagaries of one's relationships; an infinite number of further opportunities in which to remedy the effect of this or that misunderstanding; and perhaps there is something to the advice that that one should adopt a positive outlook and try to make the best of what remains of the day; and conversely2 the crucial realization that one should look now for the crucial and precious moments in and of today and should make every effort to sort out a relationship in one's life and endeavor to remedy misunderstandings with others Indeed we lose sight of the fact particularly when we're young that there are NOT a never ending number of days and one should not wait for tomorrow at which point today will be one yesterday “ Death twitches my ear; 'Live' he says 'I'm coming” VirgilWhat could one ask of literature than the enlightenment and this self revealing moral that we should wake up listen to the heart and by all means follow it Today or as soon as practicably possible I recall a uote I saw years ago in school in the case of good books the point is not to see how many of them you can get through but rather how many can get through to you MJ Adler

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Librarian's note See alternate cover edition of ISBN 0571225381 hereIn the summer of 1956 Stevens a long serving butler at Dar. Every day for the past week I've encouraged myself to start writing this review It feelt impossible to find my words to discuss such a literary masterpiece Who gives me the right to even try After staring blankly at the screen for some time I finally remembered a beautiful passage that can perfectly describe what I felt about this novel So I will let the author describe his work Although the uote depicts the magnificent English countryside It can be applied to the novel as well “What is pertinent is the calmness of beauty its sense of restraint It is as though the land knows of its own beauty its own greatness and feels no need to shout it”I believe that a restrained beauty is what characterizes The Remains of the Day and the voice of its main character Stevens As it was also the case in Never let me Go the message is hidden in the beautiful pages only suggested it comes to the reader in the form of a knot in the stomach or throat and the feelings linger for many days while one ponders on the meaning of hisher life “What can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out uite as we might have wished The hard reality is surely that for the likes of you and I there is little choice other than to leave our fate ultimately in the hands of those great gentlemen at the hub of this world who employ our services What is the point in worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations surely that is in itself whatever the outcome cause for pride and contentment”Williams Stevens is a one of the few remaining “great” devoted butlers employed most of his life at Darlington Hall in the service of Lord Darlington After the war and the death of its owner the manor changes its ownership but the reduced staff remains with the new employer an American known as Mr Farraday When the new owner returns to the States for a few weeks he proposes to Stevens to borrow his car and enjoy a drive in the countryside Although reluctant at first the butler decides to take on the offer after he receives a letter from a former housekeeper of the Hall Miss Kenton to who it seems that he holds some affection He decides to visit her in order to suggest to return to work at the Hall The trip becomes the perfect occasion for revisiting the most important moments of Stevens past and to meditate on how his loyalty to his master and his decisionsor lack of made him lose certain opportunities to have a fulfilled emotional life “But what is the sense in forever speculating what might have happened had such and such a moment turned out differently One could presumably drive oneself to distraction in this way In any case while it is all very well to talk of 'turning points' one can surely only recognize such moments in retrospect Naturally when one looks back to such instances today they may indeed take the appearance of being crucial precious moments in one's life; but of course at the time this was not the impression one had Rather it was as though one had available a never ending number of days months years in which to sort out the vagaries of one's relationship with Miss Kenton; an infinite number of further opportunities in which to remedy the effect of this or that misunderstanding There was surely nothing to indicate at the time that such evidently small incidents would render whole dreams forever irredeemable”The language used by the author is beautiful exuisite It is the voice of the butler who writes in the restrained formal manner suitable for his job The effect is mesmerizing sometimes comical and other times heartbreaking in Steven’s incapacity to shed his role even for a second and live for

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The Remains of the DayLington Hall decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country The six day excursion becomes a journey into the past of. It's not what happens in this story that's important it's what doesn't happen It's not what is said but what is not saidI almost feel like Stevens in a real person and not a fictional character He may well be the most tragic figure I've had the honor to meetread He tried so hard to do what he thought to be the right thing and in the end it all turned out to the wrong thingI cried for at least a half hour after I finished the final page It was a bittersweet moment when he admitted to his heart breakingI hurt so badly for him but for the first time he acknowledge his emotions and so I was happy for meThis story reminds me of why it is important to LIVE your lifeI do hope Stevens uses the remains of his day to learn to banter and create friendships for himself I think perhaps he will