The Remains of the DayBook - 1989
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Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for literature, Ishiguro writes a story of lost opportunities and a questioning of how we live and prioritize our lives in this 1989 Man Booker Prize winning novel. When he receives a letter from a past love interest, Stevens reminisces about his life as a butler t... Read More »
Receiving a letter from a past love interest, Stevens reminisces about his life as a butler through his diary entries. He ponders about the life choices he had to make between fulfilling his professional duties as a loyal, devoted servant to his master, Lord Darlington, and pursuing a personal re... Read More »
“In any case, while it is all very well to talk of 'turning points', one can surely only recognise such moments in retrospect. Naturally, when one looks back to such instances today, they may indeed take the appearance of being crucial, precious moments in one's life; but of course, at the time, ... Read More »
vpl_booksjustforyou Feb 09, 2018
A portrait of Steven an aging butler. This poignant tale outlines the 30 years Steven spent in service to Lord Darlington . He now clings to the belief that he served a great man and that this gives his own life a purpose.
vpl_booksjustforyou Sep 18, 2017
Ishiguro's devastating portrait of a butler and the world he inhabits, insular and fast-fading, as he clings to the belief that he served a great man and that this, in turn, gave his own life a purpose.
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"Lord Darlington wasn't a bad man. He wasn't a bad man at all. And at least he had the privilege of being able to say at the end of his life that he made his own mistakes. His lordship was a courageous man. He chose a certain path in life, it proved to be a misguided one, but there, he chose it, he can say that at least. As for myself, I cannot even claim that. You see, I trusted. I trusted his lordship's wisdom. All those years I served him, I trusted I was doing something worthwhile. I can't even say I made my own mistakes. Really -- one has to ask oneself -- what dignity is there in that?"
You've got to enjoy yourself. 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. That's how I look at it. Ask anybody, they'll all tell you. The evening's the best part of the day.
You see, I TRUSTED. I trusted in his lordship's wisdom. All those years I served him, I trusted I was doing something worthwhile. I can't even say I made my own mistakes. Really--one has to ask oneself--what dignity is there in that?
The great butlers are by great by virtue of their ability to inhabit their professional role and inhabit it to the utmost; they will not be shaken out by external events, however surprising, alarming, or vexing. They wear their professionalism as a decent gentleman will wear his suit; he will not let ruffians or circumstance tear it off him n the pubic gaze; he will discard it, when, and only when, he wills to do so, and this will invariably be when he is entirely alone. It is, as I say, a matter of 'dignity'.
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