Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Stevens, a very proper English butler, takes a holiday near the end of his career of working at Darlington Hall.  He spends much of his holiday looking back over his years of service, reassuring himself that he served a "great gentleman" with "dignity."  He reminded me of Mr. Carson from Downton Abbey, only even more so.  While I don't remember much about the movie version, I do remember that his part was played by Anthony Hopkins, who was the perfect actor for the part.  Now I want to see the movie again.  I really enjoyed the book and rated it 4 out of 5.

2 comments:

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Did you find that you pictured Anthony Hopkins as the butler in your mind as you read the book? I do that if I happen to see the movie before I read the book! (Or did you picture Carson?! I'm already missing Downton Abbey.)

Dawn said...

I have this movie and it's fantastically acted by Anthony Hopkins (now Knighted) and Emma Thompson. Love Dawn xx