The Remains of the Day - book Analysis
The Remains of the Day is third novel by Kazuo Ishiguro one of the most successful writers in English literature. It was published in year 1989 and won The Man Booker Prize for Literature in the same year. It was also turned into a successful movie in 1993 with the same name, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, before he moved to England in 1960 when his father took a position at National Institute of Oceanography. He grew up in England and attended the University of Kent and the University of East Anglia. His first novel, A Pale View of Hills was rewarded Winifred Holtby Prize by the Royal Society of Literature. Ishiguro followed up The Remains of the Day with The Unconsoled in 1995 about a concert pianist and then When We Were Orphans in 2000 about a private detective in Shanghai. In 2005 he published Never Let me Go. Now he lives in London with his family.
The Remains of the Day is told through a first-person narration. The story begins in the summer and most of the events take place in the years between the two world Wars. At that time wealthy people lived in great houses with lot of employees. Lord Darlington, for whom Steven works, owns Darlington Hall. The novel is about a butler who is really loyal to his employer and struggles with his feelings and believes that he has served humanity by devoting his life to the service of a great man, Lord Darlington. The main characters are Stevens, a servant, Miss Kenton, former housekeeper in Darlington Hall, Lord Darlington, the employer and Steven’s father.
After many years of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens decides to take a motor trip to the West Country that leads him on a journey to his own memory and for the first time he begins to question his Lord’s greatness and the meaning of his service. Stevens believes that he is taking this trip for a professional reason in order to offer a job to miss...
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