❝But what is the sense in forever speculating what might have happened had such and such a moment turned out differently? One could presumably drive oneself to distraction in this way. In any case, while it is all very well to talk of 'turning points', one can surely only recognize such moments in retrospect. [...] There was surely nothing to indicate at the time that such evidently small incidents would render whole dreams forever irredeemable.❞ - THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro
🎩 This book was one of my five-star predictions - I truly expected to love it and I had only heard great things about it. I read it in April of this year and it should have been a fast read but it took longer for me to get through it because it never really grabbed me. While I appreciated some beautiful and reflective phrases, I was also infuriated by the protagonist. It was like reading a book from the perspective of Carson from Downton Abbey, which explains why I had a hard time enjoying this novel. My interest would pique at points but then the book would just drag and drag again for me. ⁉️ Did anyone else not love this novel?
★★★ out of 5 stars. // I will probably try re-reading this book one day, even if just to skim for certain passages, as I expect the messages in this book will resonate differently at different points in life.