Hey there, bookworms! Here comes another short book review I have just finished The Remains of the Day (1989) by Kazuo Ishiguro and immensely enjoyed it!
In his third novel Ishiguro sends us on a sightseeing trip across England in a company of a reserved and rather snobbish Mr. Stevens,who is a butler at splendid estate Darlington Hall. He us persuaded to embark on this trip by his new employer Mr Faraday.
Through journal entries we get to know the past and present life of the butler, as well as, his aspirations for the future. He narrates stories of his working life, telling about Lord Darlington, his previous employer, and Ms Kenton, an ex-housekeeper of the estate (who also happens to be a very lively, attractive and pleasant woman ) Not to reveal too much of the plot, I will just say that unreliable narrator Mr. Stevens presents us with his version of real events, that turn out to be washed out or simply misinterpreted. In addition his own, quite often suppressed emotions influence the impression we get.
We have to work out his true feelings and intentions, that are hidden behind his superb command of the English language, intense loyalty, and skillful banter.
Exactly this goal to perfect the bantering skills, that are so pleasing to his employer from America, adds a humorous dimension to this subtle study of social classes in England combined with the intense psychological portrait of a man. The remains of the day is definitely a must read for everyone who needs a quiet evening with a book, a cup of tea and a masterful story.
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