47. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (100 book challenge)

Many people had recommended this book to me that I decided to take a pause from the 100 book challenge and read this book instead. Months later, as I was looking through the list to see what book I should read next, that I found this book WAS actually on the list. So it was an accidental achievement and another one ticked off the list!

remains of the day

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it. Ishiguro’s style is slow, excruciatingly slow at times, but this all helps to build to the punch at the end and bring the point home. The words washed over me easily and without realising I was drawn deep into the story.

The action that happens in the story is overall quite unremarkable, with simple, everyday characters set in the early twentieth century. But my attachment to the story and memory of the emotions I felt while reading it have stayed with me even now, months later. 

I have since read Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun and I loved every page of it. Despite it being a very different story – a futuristic tale about robots as friends – it is written in Ishiguro’s unique style and makes me want to read more and more of his work.


In July 2014 I set myself the challenge to finish 100 must-read books before I die. For my ongoing tally click here.


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3 responses to “47. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (100 book challenge)

  1. I loved this book as well, Jessie. And Klara and the Sun, not to mention The Buried Giant – all wonderful works in my opinion. I think Ishiguro is an acquired taste like olives, oysters or good coffee. I’m hooked on all but the coffee 😝

  2. Jan

    I love the way you write >

  3. Pingback: 100 book challenge: my running tally | Jessie Ansons

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