Title Profile & Character Information

The Remains of the Day

Annotation
The universally acclaimed novel--winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film.

Here is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.

Awards
1989  Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Characters
NameStevens
GenderMale
OccupationButler

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