The Remains of the Day
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... show more
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. A tragic, spiritual portrait of a perfect English butler and his reaction to his fading insular world in post-war England. A wonderful, wonderful book.
Publish date: July 15th 1990
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages no: 245
Edition language: English
The remains of the day was a meditative look at the life of an English butler in the Nineteenth century and one which I really enjoyed. Previously I read Never Letting Go by the same author and although I liked it, it didn’t evoke much emotional engagement. I was therefore hesitant to try this, bu...
I had heard so much about this author and was looking forward to reading one of his books for our book group. I started with the audiobook version, narrated by Nigel Hawthorne, but found his voice too slow and the book was dragging, so I did something that I never do - I read it rather than listenin...
This felt way longer than the page count warrants. The voice of the first person narrator is dry and fraught with many boring details about being a butler and the job of a butler - I profession I never really felt much interest in... The picture his narration paints is that of an unintelligent, em...
Στο ταξίδι έξι ημερών, από το αρχοντικό στο οποίο εργάζεται ως το Weymouth, όπου βρίσκεται η Mrs. Kenton, ο Stevens προβληματίζεται για την επαγγελματική του σταδιοδρομία, για την ουσία ενός καλού μπάτλερ, για την ορθότητα των αξιών και των επιλογών που έχει κάνει. Το μεγαλείο και η ηθική ταλανίζουν...
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 ...