The Remains Of The Day
- FABER & FABER
- Publication Date:
- 01 April 2010
- Religious & Spiritual Fiction
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A butler faces himself, his lifetime, and the choices that led him to the end of his time. This includes his doubts regarding his employer of 30 years, who is insinuated as having Nazi sympathies, as well as doubts regarding his refusal to allow any type of outside life to intrude on his duties, in particular the love of one of his fellow servants and his rebuttal of her attempts to love him. This book, while "short," is full of meaning, particularly when held to the context of the timeline (between the two World Wars).
Few books have gripped and moved me as much as this wonderful book about loss and longing. The pace is perfect, the language is refined and the emotions are subtle. This is truly a literary masterpiece.
This could be the perfect, short, first-person novel. It can’t be more than 70k words, yet it says so much. The voice of Stevens the butler is perfect, as is his questioning of his past while he professes to be so proud of it.I only wish that I had read it before seeing the movie. I can’t tell if my love of the book has been influenced by the images from the movie. They are both excellent.
Sad, moving story of lost love and missed chances, and a world lost forever in the ashes of WW2. A beautiful story beautifully told.
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