The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro


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There couldn’t have been a better time to read The Remains of the Day than over New Year’s weekend.

Book Review: The Remains of the Day

I chose this book from Book of the Month a while ago and finally got around to reading it over the holidays.

Published in 1989, and written in a diary format by Nobel Prize-winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day follows a butler’s retirement road trip, set in England during the early to mid-1900s.

Our leading character, Stevens, is encouraged to take a road trip to explore the English countryside and visit a former colleague, Miss Kenton.

During his 6-day journey, we get to hear Stevens reflects on his career as a butler to Lord Darlington and the situations he encountered, decisions he had to make.

He desired to be an utmost butler, just like he believed his father to be.

Stevens also reflects quite a bit on his relationship with Miss Kenton, mostly professional, but we wonder why they didn’t ever become more than colleagues.

Honestly, there were moments I didn’t think I’d make it through this one. Not because it was terrible, but because Stevens talked of things that seem a little petty now and sometimes dragged on a bit too long.

But, upon reflection, it made me realize that they didn’t have the technology to pass the time like we have today. Their attention spans weren’t as short as ours either.

This book helped me appreciate the little things and not dwell too much on the past.

It’s funny. We find ourselves complaining about things that won’t matter tomorrow and wishing things were over before they even started.

How do you want to remember your life? Your career?

Would I Recommend It?

If you enjoy historical fiction and stories on reflection, be sure to add The Remains of the Day to your TBR pile!

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