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Winner of the 1989 Booker Prize. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, an ageing butler, has embarked on a six day motoring trip through the West Country. But his holiday is disturbed by the memories of his past service to the late Lord Darlington, and most of all by the painful recollections of his friendship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton. For the first time in his life, Stevens is forced to wonder if all his actions were for the best after all...A sad and humorous love story, and a witty meditation on the democratic responsibilities of the ordinary man.
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The novel's 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.From the Inside Flap:
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.
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Book Description F. A. Thorpe (Publishing) Ltd., Anstey, Leicestershire, Great Britain, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. No Jacket. 2nd Edition. Fair condition Ex-library Hardcover Octavo with no dust jacket, 1989 reprint. Large Print. First Charnwood Edition. Usual library markings. Board edges rubbed through. Rear hinge through to webbing. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Book. Seller Inventory # 012767
Book Description Charnwood, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. A good solid copy, book square, spine straight, pages tight, clean, uncreased and complete. Name blanked out on front end paper. Seller Inventory # 007907
Book Description F. A. Thorpe, Leicester, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Large Print. First Charnwood Edition. Moderate library markings, light wear. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 031894
Book Description Charnwood Pub, London, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Charnwood Edition. Stamps from the Nunawading Library Service. Book square, spine straight, pages tight, clean, uncreased and complete. Prompt postage with free tracking within Australia. Seller Inventory # 005073
Book Description Charnwood, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020708985645
Book Description Charnwood, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Very Good Copy. Seller Inventory # VG-0708985645