Author statement Critical perspective Ishiguro's novels are preoccupied by memories, their potential to digress and distort, to forget and to silence, and, above all, to haunt.
Plot summary[ edit ] The novel tells, in first-person narrationthe story of Stevens, an English butler who has dedicated his life to the loyal service of Lord Darlington who is recently deceased, and whom Stevens describes in increasing detail in flashbacks.
The novel begins in the late s, with Stevens receiving a letter from a former colleague, the housekeeper Miss Kenton, describing her married life, which Stevens believes hints at an unhappy marriage.
Stevens' receipt of the letter coincides with his opportunity to revisit this once-cherished relationship, if only under the guise of investigating the possibility of her re-employment.
Stevens' new employer, a wealthy American named Mr. Farraday, encourages Stevens to borrow his car to take a well-earned break—a "motoring trip".
Stevens takes the opportunity to arrange to meet with Miss Kenton now a Mrs. Benn in Cornwallwhere she had moved to live with her husband. Upon setting out, Stevens reflects on his unshakable loyalty to Lord Darlington, who had hosted lavish meetings between German sympathizers and English aristocrats in an effort to influence international affairs in the years leading up to World War II ; on the meaning of the term "dignity" and what constitutes a great butler; and also on his relationship with his late father, like him a "no-nonsense" man who dedicated his life to service.
Ultimately, Stevens is forced to ponder Lord Darlington's character and reputation, as well as the true nature of his relationship with Miss Kenton. As the book progresses, evidence mounts of Miss Kenton's and Stevens' past mutual attraction and affection.
While they worked together during the years leading up to the Second World WarStevens and Miss Kenton failed to admit their true feelings toward one other. Their conversations as recollected by Stevens show a professional friendship which at times came close to blossoming into romance, but this was evidently a line that neither dared cross.
Stevens in particular never yielded, even when Miss Kenton tried to draw closer to him. When they finally meet again, Mrs. Benn, having been married now for more than twenty years, admits to wondering if she made a mistake in marrying, but says she has come to love her husband and is looking forward to the birth of their first grandchild.
Stevens later muses over lost opportunities, both with Miss Kenton and regarding his decades of selfless service to Lord Darlington, who may not have been worthy of his unquestioning fealty. At the end of the novel, Stevens instead focuses on the titular "remains of the day", referring to his future service with Mr.
Farraday and what is left of his own life. Characters[ edit ] Mr. Stevens, the narrator, an English butler who serves at Darlington Hall; a devoted man with high standards who is particularly concerned with dignity exemplified by the fact that the reader never learns his first name Miss Kenton, the housekeeper at Darlington Hall, later married as Mrs.
Benn Lord Darlington, the owner of Darlington Hall; a conference he holds between high-ranking diplomats is ultimately a failed effort toward appeasement talks between English and German powers; this causes his political and social decline William Stevens Mr.
Stevens seniorthe year-old father of Mr. Stevens, serving as under-butler; Stevens senior suffers a severe stroke during the conference at Darlington Hall; his son was divided between serving and helping him Senator Lewis, an American senator who criticises Lord Darlington as being an "amateur" in politics Mr.
Farraday, the new American employer of Stevens Young Mr. Dupont, a high-ranking French politician who attends Lord Darlington's conference On his motoring trip, Stevens briefly comes into contact with several other characters.
They are mirrors to Stevens and show the reader different facets of his character; they are also all kind and try to help him. Two in particular, Dr. Carlisle and Harry Smith, highlight themes in the book. Dignity[ edit ] The most important aspect of Stevens' life is his dignity as an English butler.
Such aspects of refined dignity, especially when applied under stressful situations, are, to Stevens, what define a "great butler".
As such, Stevens constantly maintains an inward and outward sense of dignity to preserve his identity. He had dedicated himself wholly to Lord Darlington.
These philosophies of dignity, however, greatly affect Stevens' life—largely with respect to social constraints, loyalty and politics, and love and relationships.Oct 15, · Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro Once Wrote A Screenplay About Eating A Ghost: The Salt Written in the '80s, The Gourmet is an absurdist satire .
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British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel The Remains of the Day, has won the Nobel Literature Prize on October 5, the Swedish Academy said..
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