Jodie (chop_stick) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

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40. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Stevens, an aging butler, receives a letter from Miss Kenton - the previous housemaid. Assuming the letter means she has left her husband and is looking once again for a position at Darlington Hall, Stevens makes a trip across the south of England to meet her after many years absence.

I enjoyed this, partially because it ends in my hometown (Weymouth). Ishiguro's style is again very controlled and every word is chosen with total precision. The 'Englishness' is almost studied. While there were sections of the novel I did struggle with (the long diatribes on dignity were sometimes a bit tiring), over all I felt this was a very good exploration into professionalism, pragmatism and how small actions can have massive consequences.


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