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
An elegant Everyman's Library hardcover edition of the universally acclaimed novel--winner of the Booker Prize, a bestseller and a perpetually strong backlist title, and the basis for an award-winning film--with full-cloth binding, a silk ribbon marker, a chronology, and a new introduction by Salman Rushdie.
Here is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.
About the Author
KAZUO ISHIGURO is the author of six novels, including the international best-seller "Never Let Me Go." He received an OBE for service to literature and the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.