Saturday, September 21, 2019

Ten of the best British country house novels

At the Waterstones blog, Mark Skinner tagged ten of the best country house novels, including:
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro

Wistfully elegiac and simmeringly romantic, The Remains of the Day is Ishiguro’s meditation on duty, repressed desire and self-sacrifice, as seen through the eyes of a dedicated, unshakeably loyal butler. Expertly capturing a moment in time, this tale of convention and lost opportunities in an interwar stately home is both a deeply affecting and richly atmospheric read.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Remains of the Day is among Xan Brooks's ten top terrible houses in fiction, Molly Schoemann-McCann's nine great books for people who love Downton Abbey, Lucy Lethbridge's ten top books about servants, and Tim Vine's six best books.

--Marshal Zeringue