One of the most remarkable things about Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel is the fact that the main plot is not exactly what you call ‘remarkable’. The grand events unfolding at Darlington Hall are more like the backdrop for the personal dramas and the intimate struggles of characters who are just ordinary people living close to the circles of power, but actually quite apart from it.
Actually, I first watched James Ivory’s film and only later I read the book and I think the adaptation was just brilliant. Sir Antony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are just outstanding on their roles and have just the right sensibility to play characters that are so moving.
Ishiguro, K. (2005) The Remains of the Day. London: Faber and Faber.