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A story of love, life and witticisms.

Advantages: Brilliant narrative and characterisation
Disadvantages: Purple prose may be off-putting for some.

...When my sister hinted that she was buying me a novel for Christmas, I didnít expect the book in question to be ĎThe Remains of the Dayí. I expected it to be something either longer or more contemporary. Nevertheless, I was not unhappy with her choice eith ...

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What Remains of a Life?

Advantages: Wonderfully restrained, idiosyncratic narrative, slow-burning twists.
Disadvantages: A slow start requires a little patience.

A slow-burning Booker Prize winner, The Remains of the Day is a contemplation on the cost of loyalty, dignity and missed opportunities. Narrated by Stevens, a long-serving Butler reaching the end of his working life, Kazuo Ishiguro's novel turns an evocat ...

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Seize the Remains

Advantages: Fantastic characterisation, really gets into Stevens' head, a plot that may make you think
Disadvantages: Seems a bit heavy-going at first (probably the language)

...Like many students no doubt I was first introduced to ĎThe Remains of the Dayí as an exam text, for A level English Literature (Iím not sure if itís also on GCSE syllabuses, but I think itís more suited to the older reader). Our old head of English was ...

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Evocative study of a vanished way of life

Advantages: Readable and moving
Disadvantages: I can't think of any

...first read "The Remains of the Day" (a Booker Prize winner, by the way) some years ago, and for some reason it stayed in my mind. While browsing in Waterstone's recently, I spotted it in a display of "Books you must read", and decided to see if it real ...

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Modern Classic

Advantages: Classic novel
Disadvantages: can be difficult to get into the reading

The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's most successful novel (I believe it has sold over a million copies). It won the Booker Prize in 1989 and in 1993 it was made into a film starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins, though the film doesn't do the ...

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