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. A profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England.
Variety goes a long way to creating a satisfying reading experience and we do love our variety! Pulled from the depths of a multicultural contemporary Australian suburb, this month we found ourselves up to our stiffened high collars of England’s post-war aristocracy with Ishiguro’s fabulous Remains of the Day. Other than the fact that a few of us found it a little slow, it was enthusiastically considered a great read with praise coming across the table on everything from writing style and characterisation to remarkable witticism and humour. Want to read more? Visit our blog Over the Fence to learn more of what we got from this read.