Sunday, July 17, 2016
Remains of the Day
When I first read it, I had already seen the movie with Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Thompson (two of my most favourite actors!), and I already loved it. This is unfortunate, because the movie predisposed me to see things that aren't too apparent with the book (unless you already know what to look for).
Remains is a departure from the first two books, a story that is heavily steeped in a British culture that is almost extinct now (or the book would have you believe so), it was extremely interesting to read about the life of a servant in a large country estate, and about the measures he took to be an excellent butler. I am in awe of how Ishiguro has taken me from Japan in the first two books to England in the third and has immersed me in the distinct cultural experience of each country. I am very excited to see where he will take me next!