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The Remains of the Day Book Review - Cloze

Activity set by Steven Starry
Clases de Inglés en Alcorcón, Villaviciosa, Leganés.

First, do these activities: Vocabulary and Definitions. Then, listen to the MP3s from recording if necessary: MP3. Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. Click this button again for another letter. You can also click on "[?]" for a different hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!

Primero, haz las actividades de vocabulario. Luego escucha la grabación si es necesario. Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas. Luego haz el Cloze y el Quiz.



       
   abyss      awkward      banter      bees      butler      coattails      cringe      deflated      disgrace      ends      erstwhile      goodwill      illusory      irreconcilable      lest      lighten      Lordship      nutshell      pinned      pointless      quintessential      reflecting      regrettable      rekindle      renders      unrelenting      verbose   
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Winner of the prestigious Man Booker prize in 1989, The Remains of the Day is a novel which was written in 2017 by Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the beneath our sense of connection with the world." Basically, this quote does describe The Remains of the Day in a . It does indeed stoke an intense emotion of pensative melancholy, in this reader at least.
And though one might not ever see oneself working as a repressed, uptight British like the protagonist of the story, one could perhaps relate to the philosophical concept of having lived one’s life in service to others. Stevens, the butler who is played by Anthony Hopkins in the film based on the novel, for decades starting in the 1920s had been able to focus to the exclusion of all else on his work due to the importance of his ex-employer Lord Darlington. His , whom he had trusted completely, was unfortunately manipulated by Nazis into believing in German towards Great Britain before World War II and would ultimately fall into . Stevens, who had all his hopes on riding his Lordship’s to the top of his dignified profession is forced to confront his own consequent loss of respect and dignity when people he meets associate him with a well-known Nazi sympathizer after World War II ends. Through no fault of his own, this effectively many of the sacrifices he’s made for what he had hoped would be the greater good. It’s understandable how one can get carried away by one’s culture or society and by the world that one is immersed in; It is not easy to see the big picture when one is as busy as Stevens was.
Stevens has unfortunately had to make , for him, work-life decisions throughout his life. In many ways he’s much like the archetypal, Hollywood character with Asperger’s who has little time or desire for an affective, emotional life with a significant other. His father, who was also a butler, is even more unemotional than him and their interactions are awkward and absurdly formal. Under pressure to serve his employer’s guests, Stevens doesn’t even have enough time to attend to his father on his death bed.
Then there was his relationship with his colleague the housekeeper Miss Kenton, played by Emma Thompson in the film. And again Stevens fails miserably to move on from a working relationship with her to a romantic one. One gets the impression that he is distinctly incompetent in such things due perhaps in part to his being terrified of emotion. In fact, at one point in the book he is tasked with explaining the birds and the to a young gentleman and comically fails to do so, and at another point the readers must as he rejects Miss Kenton’s amorous advances in a panic.
The main story takes place when Stevens is at an advanced age and is crossing a threshold in his life when he will be spending more time on his past (which happens in the form of flashbacks in the book) than planning for his future, but he has got a couple of things left to take care of before he retires. I suppose that this novel is fundamentally about the regrets that one has towards the end of life and the desire to tie up loose .
And Stevens basically regrets having given up on his chances at a relationship with Miss Kenton instead of having focussed so much on serving the humiliated Lord Darlington. As it happens Miss Kenton has written Stevens several times in recent years and an opportunity seems to present itself for him to rectify his former error and his relationship with her. However, he is rejected by Miss Kenton, who, though she obviously still loves Stevens, prefers to live near her children than return with him, and though she has at times broken up with her husband, she says she has learned to love him nonetheless.
At this point Stevens is totally and tragically heart-broken, and by the major events of his life and has little left to believe in that will sustain him in his final years except for the pleasure that he derives from the light-hearted talk of the people around him in a public place at the moment that he comes to this realization. Even though he has always been afraid to up around his current employer he negatively misinterpret his sense of humor, he determines to spend more time dedicated to the art of light-hearted “” in the future.

There is a (C1) advanced graded reader of this book.