Reader recommendation: The Remains of the Day

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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read, very nearly perfect. The reader's heart swells to meet a character so achingly, perfectly, rendered, and it bursts upon realizing that the straws at which Ishiguro's Mr. Stevens grasps are the same straws to which we all cling – the flimsy, inadequate threads which must become beautiful, because they are all we have to justify our lives.

Recommended: Top 10 books of 2011, according to Amazon's editors

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