The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro Book Review

It’s not a review per se. But I’ve tried to encapsulate the subject matter of the book in the form of the poem.

It’s about life in written words,
and what’s heard
and what’s not.
All that in between
will remain with you,
Like the remains of the day.

It’s about a butler,
loyal and hardworking,
serving His Lord.
But ignoring the one within.
All that in between
will remain with you,
like the remains of the day.

It’s about Miss Kenton,
Delirious and wild.
Warning the chief,
why isn’t he?
All that in between
will remain with you,
like the remains of the day.

It’s about love.
Unrequited, perhaps.
About love still.
All that in between
will remain with you,
like the remains of the day.

It’s about dignity,
It’s about mistakes.
It’s about realizing these mistakes,
and the dignity that lies within.
All that in between
will remain with you,
like the remains of the day.

It’s about work.
And about devotion.
However little you live in between,
will remain with you,
like the remains of the day.

It’s about gratitude.
for what you have.
And for what you do not have.
However gratefully you accept it,
will remain with you,
like the remains of the day.

It’s about the life.
Tranquil at the surface,
but that which rustle within.
All that in between
will remain with you,
like the remains of the day.

It’s about the evening
where everything comes to stand still.
It’s about the arrival
of realizations,
of unanswered questions,
of longing,
to live once again,
the life one longs for.

the remains of the day kazuo ishiguro book

The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro Book Cover

Here are few sentences and quotes which I really liked.

“What is pertinent is the calmness of beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro

“He chose a certain path in life, it proved to be a misguided one, but there, he chose it, he can say that at least. As for myself, I cannot even claim that. You see, I trusted. I trusted in his lordship’s wisdom. All those years I served him, I trusted I was doing something worthwhile. I can’t even say I made my own mistakes. Really – one has to ask oneself – what dignity is there in that?”
― Kazuo Ishiguro

It’s a book, if you choose to read, will remain with you for a very long time.

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