• Kazuo Ishiguro
Cover of The Remains of the Day

The novels narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second World War, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him -- oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, pitch-perfect novel -- namely, Stevens own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.


Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day. New York: Vintage International, 1993.