Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Remains of the Day’

Sophie van Llewyn

I have always had a soft spot for polished manners, sensibility in stiffness , and people who put their duty above everything. In a nutshell, this is what this book is about. For me, it is the quintessence of England. I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, I am not British, but this is the highly romanticised view of the English spirit I entertain in my head. On the other hand, nor is the author – he moved from Japan to England with his parents when he was five, so maybe it’s a foreigner thing. Or maybe not. After all, the novel had won the Man Booker Prize in 1993, so maybe there are brits who see things just the way I do.

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The story is set in the aftermath of World War II , when the transformations in society and manners , relationships between master and servant, are perceived…

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