Author(s): Kazuo Ishiguro
"In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and into his past . . . A haunting tale of lost causes and lost love, The Remains of the Day, winner of the Booker Prize, contains Ishiguro's now celebrated evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House - within its walls can be heard ever more distinct echoes of the violent upheavals spreading across Europe."
Having read The Buried Giant last month I thought it would be appropriate to read some more of Ishiguro’s back list. The Remains of the Day is probably his most acclaimed novel, winning him the Man Booker Prize in 1989. The narrator is a butler looking back on his professional life and contemplating the changes in the old order following the world wars. It’s a beautifully crafted novel, elegant and slow-paced. What Ishiguro does best is packing strong emotional punches in small sentences. These are written in such an understated way that they could easily be overlooked. Personally I preferred The Buried Giant, mostly because it was so unexpected. But this is definitely a highlight of Ishiguro’s oeuvre. - Holly
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Winner of Man Booker Prize for Fiction 1989
Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of six novels, A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Primio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize). He received an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995, and the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.