The Remains of the Day
The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second world war, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around... show more
The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second world war, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him--oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, beautifully crafted novel-- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.
Publish date: 2005
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
A serious look at professional identity and how it can devour your life. Every social interaction, almost every inner feeling that wouldn't fit the professional identity, is discarded even before Stevens himself is quite aware of it. I personally found Stevens very real and rather tragic, and do so ...
I was honoured to be given the opportunity to give this book, as part of the World Book Night 2012. This was my first choice and enabled me to wax lyrical about this deceptively simple story, which explores in detail the reflections and experiences of a butler, Stevens, as he contemplates his life i...
This novel is a brilliant, touching, ofttimes humorous and ultimately stirring examination of a man's life as he finds himself wondering - was it a good one? Was it important? Was it dignified? And as it draws to its conclusion, do the answers to those questions matter?
"What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one's life took?" How Very true! When Mr. James Stevens the Butler of Darlington Hall takes a Six day motoring trip on his current employer Mr. Farraday insistence, he not only tak...
That was a book very hard to get into. But once I did, I really enjoyed it, yet on a different level than usual. The language is cumbersome, and Stevens, the protagonist and narrator, not what you'd call likeable. Since his idea of dignity is being a butler always, except when he "is entirely alone"...