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From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is the universally acclaimed novel—winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film.
This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.
Stevens, an elderly butler who has spent 30 years in the service of Lord Darlington, ruminates on the past and inadvertently slackens his rigid grip on his emotions to confront the central issues of his life. PW called this Booker Prize-winner ``a tour de force--both a compelling psychological study and a portrait of a vanished social order.'' Author tour.
Wholesome, daring and unique
Kazuo Ishiguro manages to take you on a journey. Technically, from a purely plot-based point of view, nothing really happens. But that is exactly what entails the beauty of this book. Throughout the entire volume I felt like the protagonist was sitting opposite me, telling me about his life. During that time, I bonded with him, feeling as if I had won a friendly acquaintance.
The fact that it is more about the journey than the actual individual scenes gave me the wholesome feeling. I think this feeling was mostly raised by the captivating style of Ishiguro‘s writing, yielding a piece resembling a written meditation on the butler‘s life.
This novel sparked many a thought in me. It made me question things from novel perspectives that Ishiguro had opened my eyes to, to how things that seem ridiculous from our dogmatic/ stigmatic society’s eyes but which make perfect sense following the chain of causality.
The uniqueness of this work lies within the combination of the development of the characters, Ishiguro‘s style and, maybe most importantly, the wholesome feeling spreading within. Dignity is maybe a word that describes the main character, the plot and the lessons to be drawn from it best.