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LJ Ross Chooses an Undisputed Classic as her March Book Club Pick

LR Ross Chooses an Undisputed Classic as her March Book Club Pick
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March 2024
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Northumberland-born LJ Ross is the bestselling author of the DCI Ryan murder mystery series. Each month, she shares an exclusive Book Club pick with Living North readers

This month's LJ Ross Book Club selection is an undisputed classic from Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day is set in post-World War II England and tells the story of Stevens, an English butler serving at Darlington Hall. During the course of the novel, he embarks on a reflective journey to the West Country, during which he recalls his decades of service to Lord Darlington, the grandeur of his estate and the significance of the events that unfolded during his master's tenure…
LJ Ross alongside book cover of The Remains of the Day

LJ’s Thoughts:

‘Many people might recall Anthony Hopkins’ memorable portrayal of Stevens, supported wonderfully by Emma Thompson, Christopher Reeve and an array of other acting giants. For those who still prefer the written word, I would urge you to make time for this novel, if you haven’t already done so—even if you’ve read it before, perhaps consider reading it again, because it’s that good. This book is an introspective one, told through the butler’s eyes as he journeys into the past and along his own road of self-realisation. Having spent a lifetime devoted to duty, even at the expense of personal happiness, his tale is a cautionary one; the sacrifices he’s made in the name of professionalism, paired with his acute repression and restraint, is a compelling exploration of identity and regret. It’s impossible not to be moved by this central character, and Ishiguro received The Booker Prize back in 1989 in recognition of his craftsmanship—but, perhaps the greater gift this book makes to the reader is a renewed urgency to grasp life and live it well, not to squander a moment of it. Even if the writing wasn’t beautiful, nor the storytelling masterly, I’d recommend this book for that reason alone.’

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