The Remains of the Day (Everyman's Library) (Hardcover)
This understated and haunting novel about steps not taken, words not said, begins as a comedy of manners ala P.G. Wodehouse— or so it seems. Its protagonist Mr. Stevens, a fusty English Butler, has spent his life in service at Darlington Hall first working for lord D, whom he admired enormously and defended mightily when, in the countdown to WWII, Lord D was accused of having Nazi sympathies. Stevens, still at Darlington Hall and now employed by an American, has received a letter from a woman he had worked with for years before until she left her post to marry. The letter has dropped hints of marital problems, and Stevens has set
out to visit her. There’s comedy in his ruminations as he travels but a growing sense of pathos too, as the reader realizes how misguided his opinions, recognizes his over-idealized view of the virtues of ser- vice, not to mention his misperceptions about the people he served, his willingness to use his glorified sense of duty as an excuse. All of which culminates when he meets with Mrs. Kenton—a meeting that like most of the book is delivered in hindsight. This is a novel to read and reread—and to revisit in memory. Surely one of the great books of our time.
From the Nobel Prize-winning author, here is an elegant Everyman's Library hardcover edition of the universally acclaimed novel--winner of the Booker Prize, a bestseller, and the basis for an award-winning film--with full-cloth binding, a silk ribbon marker, a chronology, and an introduction by Salman Rushdie. Here is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.
About the Author
Kazuo Ishiguro is the 2017 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages. Both The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have sold more than 1 million copies, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. Ishiguro's other work includes Nocturnes, A Pale View of the Hills, and An Artist of the Floating World.
“An intricate and dazzling novel.” —The New York Times
“Brilliant and quietly devastating.” —Newsweek
“A virtuoso performance ... put on with dazzling daring and aplomb.” —The New York Review of Books
“A perfect novel. I couldn’t put it down.” —Ann Beattie
“The novel rests firmly on the narrative sophistication and flawless control of tone ... of a most impressive novelist.” —Julian Barnes