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The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar 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. 

A tragic, spiritual portrait of a perfect English butler and his reaction to his fading insular world in post-war England. A wonderful, wonderful book.

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The Remains of the Day
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4.4 / 5
Well written
December 23rd, 2015
The book is filled with compelling characters with whom the reader is obliged to sympathize. The dialogue is the art of saying very little in many words, yet still conveying the actual story taking place amid the ordinary tedium. The formality of the characters' speech is reflected in their thoughts. It is a sad and moving book. It is also a glimpse into a distant past and a system most of us cannot fathom.
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The Remains of the Day
May 23rd, 2014
What a wonderful book. Didn't want to put it down.
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The Remains of the Day
May 23rd, 2014
What a wonderful book. Didn't want to put it down.
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