Friday, April 15, 2016

Book Review: The Remains of the Day

TITLE: The Remains of the Day
AUTHOR: Kazuo Ishiguro
GENRE: Historical Fiction
PREMISE: In 1956, a retiring butler takes a trip and remembers his life as a servant.
MY REVIEW: This is my first Ishiguro book. I definitely see why he's gained a fanbase. His writing is beautiful. I'm not a big huge fan of the blocky text thing he has going on. But that's just a personal issue. It doesn't hinder the book or anything. It doesn't change the fact that the prose are lovely.
Unlike Virgin Suicides, which I read around the same time as this, I actually liked this book. It does have the bad literary habit of dragging in places, but at least unlike Virgin Suicides, this book actually had some interesting things going on. It delves into an interesting part of history most people don't go into. It definitely makes you think about things,
I'm not sure I would call this enjoyment reading. But hey, some people get their kicks through serious lit books, so if that's your thing, I definitely recommend this. I also recommend it to people looking for very introspective type of books instead of fast paced plot type of books.
WHO SHOULD READ: Kazuo Ishiguro fans, historical fiction fans, literature fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five old English houses

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