Book Review: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

“What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

Title: The Remains of the Day
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Genres: Classics, Historical Fiction, Literary
Pages: 245 (Paperback)
Published: 1989

My Rating: ★★★★
Read: 6/9/2022


At first, I found the book painfully slow (and admittedly uninteresting). Though I can’t say it exactly picked up the pace, I got more invested. I enjoyed the exploration of Stevens’ reserved relationships and the dedication to his work. The messages of the story are subtle. Compared to other books, not a lot happens, but that somehow seems to resonate deeper. Even though the book is being told by Stevens, Miss Kenton’s longing comes through strongly despite the wall Stevens’ has built surrounding any sort of intimacy.


I’m wildly curious about the movie. I think this is a story I’d enjoy more with a visual. However, I’m terrible about sitting down and watching a movie so it might be a while but I do want to eventually. I may or may not write a book/movie comparison after. We’ll see how it goes.

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