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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro In 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.   Oh, Stevens. You broke my heart, and you broke your own. Your unending loyalties, your irrevocable insistence to wear a constant mask, your irrepressible need to adapt your own behaviours and personality to fit whichever esteemed person you’re conversing with; all of these stubborn requirements you set for yourself have contributed to such a sad picture of life. You embody everything we know a butler to be; unwavering, stoic, able to conjure anything from thin air according to the needs of your lord or his guests. But this monolithic dedication has hardened you to joy, to your own needs, and to your own grasping of life. Such a sa

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