BOOKER PRIZE WINNER • From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is “an intricate and dazzling novel” (The New York Times) about the perfect butler and his fading, insular world in post-World War II England.
This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of a butler named Stevens. 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1989 Man Booker Prize winner is a tragic masterpiece. Set in 1956, The Remains of the Day follows narrator and exemplary English butler Mr. James 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. The novel is a poignant and beautifully crafted lesson in humanity.
The Remains of the Day
Great read. Enjoy what time you have left! Do not live on the past, learn from it if not it will effect your future!
My favorite novel of all time
I came across this book years ago, working in a library. I hadn’t yet seen the movie and it really felt like I walked into someone’s world. This is a fascinating look at a character that feels so real and a time so different from ours. It’s like reading someone else’s journal and it comes to life. Maybe this is one of the greatest books of all time.
Almost unbearably beautiful and meaningful
My beloved, favorite author brings to life the inner life of a character. We see what this man, cut off from himself, is unconscious of. And through the eyes of other characters, we come to see what we were unaware of—the character’s capacity to eventually see himself and to connect with his own emotional life.
I wish I could express how moving this book is, this window into another person’s mind and life. Made me think a great deal about what I know and don’t know about my own interiority. And on top of all this, Remains of the Day is riveting. I just couldn’t put it down.
I hope you read it.