The Remains of the Day

I saw the movie of this book years ago when it came out, but I honestly didn’t remember the storyline very well and this book is so highly regarded, I finally got it out from the library. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro is a wonderful book and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it.

Ishiguro’s descriptions and depictions of all the various characters, but most especially the interactions between Stevens and Miss Kenton. But I also really enjoyed how much was conveyed in so few glimpses of Lord Darlington and his various associates as they come in and out of the house. There were times when reading that I could feel the tension and the repressed emotions seeping out to the side as people interacted.

This is a beautiful and fantastic novel. The way in which Stevens looks back on his life, on his years of service, and touches on the way in which he never says certain things, but you understand the subtext perfectly. Ishiguro is a masterful writer.