Book Review Of Ishiguro’s "The Remains Of The Day"

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Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, was written about 20 years ago. But it is still live and kicking because this novel could of had a very dry and humorless plot if it was not written by Ishiguro. The main character, Mr. Stevens, is an English butler that has spent a good chunk of his career working for Lord Darlington of Darlington Hall. Lord Darlington is a very distinguished man of the English aristocracy. Mr. Stevens worked for this respected man from the years of World War I and World War II. But now Lord Darlington has passed away, and Darlington Hall is now owned by a wealthy American named Mr. Farraday. Mr. Stevens is well over 50 years old and in the reflective state of life. He reflects on his career, his values, and previous choices. One day, he receives a letter from a previous housekeeper named Miss Kenton. He then decides to go visit her because she hints at a failing marriage and the thought of returning to Darlington Hall.
As Mr. Stevens sets off, he has constant flashbacks of his life. The readers gain casual anecdotes that, piece by piece, paint the picture of his life. There are hints of larger issues are scattered throughout, that are later slowly and carefully threaded together. Part of why Ishiguro made this dull-sounding plot into a masterpiece is his ability to build such large and powerful tales from the very smallest of details. This technique is used so that the reader gets so caught up in Mr. Steven’s memories that they forget about him traveling through the countryside with him. Then as soon as they know it, he arrives at...

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