Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction, 2013
The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in 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.
©1989 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2012 Tantor
"A tour de force - both a compelling psychological study and a portrait of a vanished social order." (Publishers Weekly)
Prebble's reading is spot on.
Prebble's nuanced performance of the main character.
This is a thoughtful classic. If you are looking for plot, suspence, action look elsewhere.
This book is for the Downton Abbey fans, of which I am one. I have been listening to mysteries so this is a nice change of pace. I really enjoyed the way the story was told through the road trip of Stevens,the main character and the way he looked back on his life.
Stevens is unapologetically himself till the bitter end, which ends up being a little heart breaking. He is bound by rules of convention. if only in his own mind. And although it irritated me, the way he stuck to these rules, it ultimately defines who he is and therefore it can be no other way.
It ranks as one of the top books
Although the story started out a bit slow, the author goes deep into the thoughts and life of the main character. The book makes one think about their own life and reflect.
I purchased the book because I liked the movie & I wanted to know if there was more to the story. There is but not as much or in the way that I had hoped. The story was OK and the narrator was good but it was a little dissappointing and jumped around a lot which at times made it hard to follow.
Ishiguro is a master of detail. His research artfully brought to life in this book truly immerses you into the post WWII England. It is a requiem to the end of an era of british aristocracy and the "gentlemen who serve gentlemen".
The first person narration demonstrates the depth of delusion and the disconnect between the protagonist and the reality. It can frustrate you at times.
At the end, it is a beautifully written book, but its point is as old-fashioned as its hero.
I can't believe the novelist who wrote this also wrote Never Let Me Go. I kept listening and waiting to ascertain if I was missing something ... But it continued to be mind-numbingly boring.
The performance was fine but it certainly couldn't make up for the disappointing novel.
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