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The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

A very proper English butler reminisces, belatedly.

The Remains of the Day

Faber & Faber, 1988, 245 pages

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in 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.

He is the very model of a modern majordomo.
Verdict: Exquisitely written and as English as English can be, Remains of the Day won the Man Booker Prize in 1989. Beneath the surface of this polite little period piece about a fading world of English manor houses is a complex character drama and a moral fable. 9/10.

Also by Kazuo Ishiguro: My review of Never Let Me Go.

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