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The Remains of the Day

Ishiguro, Kazuo

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ISBN 10: 0394573439 / ISBN 13: 9780394573434
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1989
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Cloth-backed paper over boards; illustrated dust jacket. Book is fine. Dust jacket price-clipped; very faintly rubbed on rear panel. Bookseller Inventory # D5951

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Title: The Remains of the Day

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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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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The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second world war, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him--oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, beautifully crafted novel-- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.

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