The Remains of the Day

by Kazuo Ishiguro | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0571225381 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingyogiewing of Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on 10/11/2006
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingyogiewing from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Wednesday, October 11, 2006
For my Eng lit. class. Apparantely Ishiguro has won the Booker Prize, so hopefully this will be a good book.

From the back:
In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside and into his past...

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, of lost causes and lost love

Journal Entry 2 by wingyogiewing from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Sunday, October 22, 2006
I am supposed to analyse this, but I have a really hard time seeing the point with the story other than getting to know Mr Stevens better. It's a beautiful story that tells the life of a butler in a great house and since he's the narrator, it gives an interesting perspective on the story. You have to read between the lines and assume some things yourself.
I think this is a part of what we're going to analyse, since tomorrow's lecture is on narrative.

Anyways, the language of this book is very beautiful, and it sort of plays a part in finding out what sort of person Mr Stevens is. It's very fancy and exclusive.

Journal Entry 3 by wingyogiewing from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, January 08, 2007
I've decided this book will go out on a journey before making its way back to my bookshelf so I can reread it.
Please journal the book as soon as you recieve it. It is fairly short so there should not be a problem to read it within a month. If you do need more time it's no problem, but please let me know so the participants can have an update on the status.

Participants in the bookring
Hawkette, Australia - intl ok, but prefers to ship within Australia
Jaycee1972, UK - Intl ok by surface <-- Book here!
Ahava, Finland - intl ok
PRCS, Canada - intl ok by surface, but prefers to ship US/Canada
fairydustwings, USA - ship US only
PaulsBooks, USA - ship anywhere
Rrrcaron, USA - ship anywhere
rapturina, Netherlands - Ship anywhere

And back to yogie

Journal Entry 4 by Hawkette from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Has arrived with me in Australia - such a long distance to travel! Looking forward to this one, after loving Nevr Let Me Go.

Journal Entry 5 by Hawkette from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, February 11, 2007
A reminiscent of a loyal, and one dimentional butler in a grand old home in England. A story of duty, and missed opportunity. Stevens is not a character you like, but someone you are facsinated with, amazed at his role, and his ability to take it on with such little personal emotion, nor involvement or opinion. A true servent, I guess.

Stevens is traveling across picturesque England countryside to visit a former colleague on his week off, and while doing so he engages in many recounts of events and happenings of a time in Darlington Hall when it was at it's grandest, and when Lord Darlington was a powerful and important man. But as the memories are shed, it becomes evident that there are many things amiss. Stevens' perception of events and interactions that occured around him, amongst his strongest sense of duty as a butler of 'dignity', were somewhat simplistic...with much political, and personal, elements at stake for Lord Darlington and indeed Stevens himself.

The posh English language sets the scene for time and place, and the imagery as Stevens drives through lush green countryside takes you there with him.

Journal Entry 6 by Hawkette from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Have sent this one on it's way today, to the country on which it is set!

Journal Entry 7 by Jaycee1972 from Belper, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 27, 2007
Yipeee! This book arrived today! Gosh that took a long time to arrive. I had a bit of a brain storm a while back and signed up for 2 rings for this book. I have had the other copy on MTBR for a while but will send it on now and read this one. It will be next on my list after I finish a book I have just started. Thanks for sharing this one.

Journal Entry 8 by Jaycee1972 from Belper, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sorry to have had this so long. PM sent to Ahava for address.

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