Official Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 about the true nature of Lord Darlington’s “greatness” and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.
Genre: Fiction, Literature
Setting: 1956 England, with various flashbacks to earlier in the main character’s life
My Copy Came From: I purchased a used copy from a library book sale.
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A beautiful, restrained novel. I decided to read this when Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and I remembered that I hadn’t ever read this book. I’m a huge fan of his book Never Let Me Go, and The Remains of the Day has long been on my TBR. While there was something keeping me back from loving this deep within my soul, I could appreciate the beautiful writing and the restraint that was evident here. This easily could’ve been a 500+ page book, but that would’ve ruined it. The ending was quiet and heartbreaking. I haven’t watched the movie version with Anthony Hopkins yet, and I’m very apprehensive as to how this could be as powerful on the screen as it was on the page.
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I wrote this spotlight instead of a full review due to my blog still being on somewhat of a hiatus right now. I’m back, looking at reviews and commenting on other posts, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I am unable to write full reviews at this time. I hope to be back to writing full reviews shortly!
Have you read The Remains of the Day? Which of Kazuo Ishiguro’s books is your favorite? Have you seen the movie The Remains of the Day?