The Remains of the Day

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Ishiguro's Man Booker Prize winning novel is told in a series of flashbacks. What does this structure suggest to us about the power of memory and hindsight to illuminate complex and deeply-felt emotional truths — and to distort and falsify the bald facts of an event? How does Ishiguro reconcile this painful duality? And why is this the most effective way for Mr. Stevens to relay his quietly devastating story?

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General Analysis

Michiko Kakutani called The Remains of the Day "an intricate and dazzling novel" whose power lies in its subtlety and masterful control. Bit by bit, Ishiguro reveals Stevens to us, not as he *remembers* himself but as he *is,* leaving the reader to marvel at what Kakutani calls "the increasingly difficult emotional acrobatics that Stevens is forced to perform in order to remain in control." What is the role of control in this novel — both stylistically, on Ishiguro's side, and emotionally, for Mr. Stevens? How does this novel exploit and comment on the dark complexity of the British aristocracy, the massive imbalance of power between "master" and "servant," the lure and power of appearances, and the tragic complicity of the British aristocracy in the rise of Fascism? And what redemption can Stevens find at the "remains of the day"?

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