The Remains of the Day

by Kazuo Ishiguro

In Brief

The reminiscences of a professional butler, set against the rise of Nazism abroad and the dangerous policy of appeasement at home. As he sets off on a road trip to Cornwall in pursuit of the greatest missed opportunity of his life, Stevens is at last forced to question his absolute dedication to the service of a flawed master.

Why you should read it

This poignant psychological study of a man trapped behind the bars of a personal prison is a story for all of us, whether we tread carefully through life or dance on the edge of it. Winner of the Booker Prize, and vividly portrayed on screen by Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, this book was a heart-breaking classic the moment it was written.

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