Friday, November 13, 2020

Review of The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

Book can be found in:
Genre = Novel, History
Intriguing Connections = Some Kind of Friendship

Elaborate Description

After the mansion which Stevens is a butler of is sold to an American, Stevens recognizes many differences. From cultural discussions and manners to the way butlers handle a mansion. Smaller staff and the inability to complete meticulous work. Each difference in view or manner or understanding was given a very detailed and philosophical account to the how Stevens sees that particular topic. The topics include the term dignity and how a butler should respond to stresses at work.

The story is knitted by a road trip Stevens takes to potentially gain the services of Miss Kenton while the backstories take place during the reparation’s discussions after World War I. The paths taken by the lord of the house at the time Darlington, the butler Stevens, and the maid Miss Kenton are themed with regret and acceptance of what is. The book’s powerful message is that unspoken words carry great weight.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780307576187
Pages to read:   180
Publication:     2010
1st Edition:      1989
Format:            eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          3
Overall           3