Title: The Remains of the Day
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1989
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Cloth-backed paper over boards; illustrated dust jacket. Book is fine. Dust jacket price-clipped; very faintly rubbed on rear panel. Bookseller Inventory # D5951
Synopsis: 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Review: 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, beautifully crafted novel-- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence.
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