Title Profile & Character Information

The Remains of the Day

Annotation
The Remains of the Dayis 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.

Awards
1989  Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Characters
NameStevens
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsButler
 Butler

GenrePsychological
Domestic
Sociological
Fiction
TopicsSelf-discovery
Repression
Unfulfilled dreams
Upper classes
Domestics
British-German relations
British society
Self-discovery
Repression
Unfulfilled dreams
Upper classes
Domestics
British-German relations
British society
SettingEngland
England
Darlington Hall
Manor house
Darlington Hall
Manor house