Monday, April 03, 2006
Remains of the Day
As they are parting, perhaps for the last time, Stevens tells Mrs. Benn (Miss Kenton) that the latter part of a married couple's life is supposed to be the best part. A few pages later the stranger sitting next to Stevens tells him that the latter part of the day is often considered the best part. Given that this book is titled Remains of the Day, it seems extra important to reflect on the "remains" of this book. Where are we left at the ending of this novel? Is Stevens looking at the "best part" or continuing to struggle with reality? Feel free to talk just about Ishiguro's novel or compare/contrast with an earlier book we've read. And make sure to provide specific quotes from the novel to back up your position.