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
A profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading insular world in postwar England. One of the best books of the year.-- The New York Times Book Review.