Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"I think that this is what makes this book an exceptional read, the fact that it is both amusing and depressing." ~Lucas

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving “a great gentleman.” But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington’s “greatness” and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

A tragic, spiritual portrait of a perfect English butler and his reaction to his fading insular world in post-war England. A wonderful, wonderful book.

Lucas says:
"While I found this book incredibly amusing (thanks to the wonderful tone the narrator sets), I also found it incredibly sad. This novel brings to light the problems that British class culture of a certain era created for individual people (especially those who found themselves in the servant class).

It made me sad that some of the individuals found in the servant class were unable to form meaningful and long-lasting interpersonal relationships. It made me even more sad that these servants' masters either didn't notice that this problem was occurring or if they did notice, they simply did not care that it was happening. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be expected to be devoid of all emotional output because of my profession.

This book manages to keep a fairly bright tone throughout even though it deals with subjects such as unrequited love, family death, and a very ugly class society that no one should ever want to take part in. I think that this is what makes this book an exceptional read, the fact that it is both amusing and depressing. I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in equality, human rights, or to anybody looking for an emotionally satisfying read. "

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