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.
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.
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.
we are all butlers!
The story that shows how we are all butlers and may ignore important life events because we are busy serving others! May be figuring out how to enjoy, the remains of our days left!
The themes in this book echo recurring themes from the writer's other books. For example the mist arises just as it did in buried giant, obscuring the world as tHey know it.
Okay, I cannot argue with the writing, perfect. It's the story! Awful. Really depressing. It wen on and on for pages. When suddenly I thought there was hope, hope for a story, it stopped. By the last 50 pages I got what was going on, but seriously? Not an enjoyable book. I only read this because the Internet had some story about books you should read. I had read half of them, so thought I would give his a go. Really good writing, story within a story, just a really boring story.