Review: The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro is a curious novel. I really liked the main character. I wanted to pick up this book often. It is about a butler who goes on a car trip to see a housekeeper that used to work in the same house as he did. On his trip he comes to some realizations that his former employer may not have been all that he previously thought he was. He also finds that he may have had feelings for the housekeeper that left the house they both worked at. A very interesting look into the thoughts of this man and what it means to look back at your life, if you don’t particularly like what you were then.  I gave this book 4 our of 5 stars.

I really enjoy the climbthestacks reviews and Ashley happens to have already done a video review of The Remains of the Day.  It is excellent and you should watch it:

What are we supposed to take away from this book, what is the butler a metaphor?  Thanks to YouTube we can get it from the man himself:

The remains of the day Book Cover The remains of the day
Kazuo Ishiguro

An English butler reflects--sometimes bitterly, sometimes humorously--on his service to a lord between the two world wars and discovers doubts about his master's character and about the ultimate value of his own service to humanity