Mr Stevens' sole identity, purpose and ambition is to be the perfect butler, but his new American employer simply doesn't understand. Stevens takes a motoring trip to recruit a former housekeeper back to Darlington Hall, during which his mind lingers over the past, and the choices that have determined the course of his life. Gently, almost imperceptibly, this book will crush your heart-- and you'll love it. A once-in-a-lifetime experience of loss, beauty, and longing. Seconded by Jeremy.— Reva
The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in post-war 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.
About the Author
Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of six novels, including "The Unconsoled" and the international bestsellers "Never Let Me Go" and "The Remains of the Day," winner of the Booker Prize.
One of "AudioFile" magazine's Golden Voices, Simon Prebble has received over twenty Earphones Awards and five Listen-Up Awards, and he has been a finalist fourteen times for an Audie Award. In 2006, "Publishers Weekly" named him Narrator of the Year, and he was named "Booklist"'s 2010 Voice of Choice.
"A tour de force---both a compelling psychological study and a portrait of a vanished social order." ---Publishers Weekly