Review: THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro

JaneFan from The Bookworm’s Hideout selected Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day for the WWII reading challenge.  Here’s a little of what she had to say:

The story, told from the point of view of a traditional English butler, is not quite an allegory, but Darlington Hall is a microcosm of Britain and the events that take place inside the manor do reflect the tensions in the outside world. The war itself is noticeably absent – the events in the book are mainly before and after the war, but do show the lead-up and aftermath. Darlington Hall manages to be both sheltered from, and embroiled in, the war in complex ways.

I found the butler Stevens’ personal journey more compelling than the oblique political references, probably because I know very little about the ways in which WWI reparations brought about WWII, or about the political machinations that we on behind the scenes prior to Britain, and eventually America’s, participation in the war.

Read the complete review here.

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