In 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country. The six-day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and England, a past that takes in fascism, two world wars and an unrealised love between the butler and his housekeeper. Ishiguro’s dazzling novel is a sad and humorous love story, a meditation on the condition of modern man, and an elegy for England at a time of acute change.
I felt a sense of nostalgia while reading this book. The book is able to capture the raw and defining moment of Mr Stevens and Ms Kenton eccentric relationship. It was able to portray out the small moments or actions of how they felt about each other back in the past. Though their actions irritated each other, it was constant reminder that it was how they showed love. While their love was strongly felt, Mr Stevens unawareness was blamed for.
Although the unspoken love story between Mr Stevens and Ms Kenton was able to capture my heart, I have to say that I find Mr Stevens characteristic to be rather annoying. He found the word “dignity” to be of a high importance and how he strive to achieve it at times were unbelievable. The meaning dignity has impacted how he carried himself out throughout his life. Mr Stevens have lost the meaning of dignity in his current situation and he hopes that the trip would help it out.
The book is slow pace as most of the context involved Mr Stevens reflections of his past. With his thoughts, it left the readers to contemplate on their personal life. As the title suggested, he was able to accept his present state by the end of the book. Unrealized love and his dignity will aid him to serve better under his new future service with Mr Farraday. This book is recommended to those who are seeking their meaning in life. And hopefully they would be able to live the remains of their days.