“This is a story about a butler, yet it is so much more. We meet Mr. Stevens, a butler for a very large English home. The house has been purchased by a rich American after the last lord passed. The new owner offers Mr. Stevens a chance to borrow his car and go on a road trip which Mr. Stevens accepts. On this trip Mr. Stevens looks back over his life and questions his job, his choices and the things he witnessed. A lovely story worth reading.”Marguerite M wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent, subtle interpretation of change leaving some behind and lost opportunities. Sad but profound.”Allan Miller wrote this review Saturday, March 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a beautifully crafted unrequited love story. Stevens, a butler at a stately home, tells the story in the 1st person, layer by layer, chapter by chapter, giving the reader greater insight into his character, and his relationship with Miss Kenton, a former colleague, as the background events are slowly revealed. Well worthy of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989. I give it 10 Stars!”J M Leitch wrote this review Saturday, March 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love everything about this book. Exclamation point!”Eula wrote this review Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Quel che resta del giorno (Italian Edition) One of my personal best books - ever”Alessandra Forno wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautifully written. It is a great piece of literature, where we get a true testimony to work-life balance. It answers the question "why do we take too long to understand the priorities of life."”Vijay S wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An excellent book to start the new year. What potentially seemed to move in a direction of a travelogue, opens up the world of a butler to the reader. The constant yearning to be perfect / great butler is so well captured that you almost feel yourself to be in the head of Mr. Stevens. The accompanied description of the characters and locations allows a reader born in the late 20th century, a feel of the war-era England.
Again thanks to Abhay for introducing me to this book, and as Abhay says," Kazuo Ishiguro deserves special kudos for not letting the character falter even once in the entire narrative". Not only Mr. Stevens exhibits the 'propah' English essence, he also sustains it till the last page. One experiences the despair, the conflict of ethics, the need to uphold professional values at such close quarters that one feels sorry for Mr. Stevens in the end.
This book truly deserves all the honors that can come in its way, including the coveted Booker prize!”