Book :: The Remains of the day

The Remains of the day
By: Kazuo Ishiguro
Pages: 258
Published: 1989
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Award(s): Man Booker Prize (1989)
Rating: (7)


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The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving “a great gentleman.” But lurking in his memory are doubts...

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This is one of the most subtle stories of love and class, and amongst the greatest books ever written. The decline of the British aristocracy is explored through the story of a butler's frustrated love for his housekeeper, thwarted by his code of service and loyalty towards his master, on the eve of the second world war. A quiet and moving study in misplaced loyalty and tragic repression.

Apr 6th, 2013

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