Review: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Gently written, this was a beautiful novel about a seemingly prestigious career and the sacrifices one man made, partly through fear and partly through his misguided sense of duty. It is heartbreaking to watch his friendship with Miss Kenton never develop as it should, in spite of the many hints that she gives, and the fact that he is clearly just as keen, but doesn't quite seem to know what to do about it. Heartbreaking, but in a different way, is how he doesn't speak up when he could have, over the sacking of two jewish maids, or his employer's involvement with Nazi sympathisers. Eventually, and realistically, though, Stevens is left to ponder and question some of the things that he has done with his life, and how he will live out the remainder of his days.
I very much enjoyed reading this novel and its depiction of England in a time of social change, and the various challenges met by Stevens, whether it be his confusion over banter (or more specifically, how to deliver it,) duty/loyalty and social constraints.