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Librarian's note See alternate cover edition of ISBN 0571225381 hereIn the summer of 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


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    Kazuo Ishiguro writes the anti haiku instead of consciousness awakening to the immediacy of the immutable natural world subjective memory is peeled back layer by layer to expose consciousness instead of the joyous eruption of awareness the tension of the gradual decompression of ignorance instead of a humility that acknowledges the unknowable on its own terms rambling that tries to fill the chasm of existential angst that has suddenly opened up like a sinkhole in being Yet what his writing shares with the haiku is the bringing about of enlightenment it arrives tarnished and the worse for wear in the end Stevens a butler has spent his life defining himself by his occupation However after having spent his best years in the service of the Nazi sympathizing British aristocrat Lord Darlington he necessarily grows introspective When his new employer a wealthy American that is himself a signifier of the changed order of postwar Europe urges him to take a brief vacation Stevens is forced to face the consequences of his life's decisionsWithout his domestic rituals to brace him his identity unravels He grasps at the phantom of native British superiority which has proven illusory the empire lay in ruins and the men who comprised its ruling class are a weary and incompetent bunch the likes of his previous employer He remembers the imposing physicality of his long dead father but is forced to see the broken man who expired waiting upon others His threadbare philosophizing over dignity and what it means to his bearing and station finally collapses and he admits his own personal failings with fellow servant Miss Kenton who represents fleetingly a chance at redemption and happiness