Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning masterpiece became an international bestseller on publication, was adapted into an award-winning film, and has since come to be regarded as a modern classic.
The Remains of the Day is a spellbinding portrayal of a vanished way of life and a haunting meditation on the high cost of duty. It is also one of the most subtle, sad and humorous love stories ever written. It is the summer of 1956, when Stevens, a man who has dedicated himself to his career as a perfect butler in the one-time great house of Darlington Hall, sets off on a holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and, unexpectedly, into his own past, especially his friendship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton. As memories surface of his lifetime "in service" to Lord Darlington, and of his life between the wars, when the fate of the continent seemed to lie in the hands of a few men, he finds himself confronting the dark undercurrent beneath the carefully run world of his employer.
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This poignant, beautifully crafted study in human dignity is narrated by exemplary English butler Mr. James Stevens. Set in 1956, The Remains of the Day follows the aging Stevens as he embarks on a driving tour of the countryside, reminiscing about his decades of dutiful service at Darlington Hall and anticipating a meeting with his former colleague, Miss Kenton. Stevens’ reflections gradually form an impression of missed opportunities and misplaced allegiances, leading to loss of pride, self-doubt and regret. Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1989 Man Booker Prize–winning novel is a tragic masterpiece and a tender lesson in humanity.