Simple things that stir ideas, awe, and gratitude.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I finished reading The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. The story is a butler's recollection of a life narrated while he was travelling in the English countryside on his vacation with a side trip to visit a former housekeeper. He asked, What does it means to be the best butler?" What does it means to be the best in one's profession? What is dignity? These are some of the ideas he touched in his narration.I extracted few lines from the novel. The narrator was seated on a bench in a pier
watching the diminishing light of the day when a gentleman seated next to him spoke- "You've got to enjoy yourself. The evening's the best part of the day. You've done your day's work.Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it..."
Later on the same page: "Perhaps, then, there is something to his advice that I should cease looking back so much, that I should adopt a more positive outlook and try to make the best of what remains of my day."
The butler's self discovery at the end even was a surprise.
The author wrote in subtle and subdued tones and with full of insights.