The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 258 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 23 minutes
First Published: 1989
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.
Quotes from The Remains of the Day
The evening’s the best part of the day. You’ve done your day’s work. Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it.
If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.
Indeed — why should I not admit it? — in that moment, my heart was breaking.
After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?
Movie Trailer for The Remains of the Day (1993)
About Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro is a British author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. He is best known for his novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. His other works include The Buried Giant, A Pale View of the Hills, and An Artist of the Floating World.