The Remains of the Day
Books | Fiction / Literary
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.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"Ishiguro gently seduces the reader by narrating his novel from the unlikely perspective of a genteel English butler during early twentieth-century Britain. Nothing particularly dramatic or exciting happens, but the fastidiously professional Stevens gently pulls at our heartstrings in this restrained but elegantly written account of unreciprocated love and professional devotion. The pacing is slow, but the style is perfect. Like Ishiguro's more recent "The Buried Giant," there is a deep melancholy just beneath the surface and finishing this book left me in a bit of a funk.<br/><br/>I read somewhere that this is one of Jeff Bezos's favorite books. I suspect that Stevens's self-annihilating professional devotion in service of Lord Darlington (the customer!) resonated with Bezos. Stevens's unconventional relationship with his father likely hit close to home as well.<br/><br/>The narration in the audiobook is spot on.<br/><br/>Cross-posted from <a href="http://books.max-nova.com/remains-of-the-day/">http://books.max-nova.com/remains-of-the-day/</a>"
"One of my favorite modern classics by a beloved author. "
"Wonderful prose, really enjoyed it."
"Love this book!"