Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Five top mysterious classic novels that take place in a grand manor house

Sung J. Woo’s short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, PEN/Guernica, and Vox. He has written four novels, Deep Roots (2023), Skin Deep (2020), Love Love (2015), and Everything Asian (2009), which won the 2010 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Award. In 2022, his Modern Love essay from The New York Times was adapted by Amazon Studios for episodic television. A graduate of Cornell University with an MFA from New York University, he lives in Washington, New Jersey.

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At Shepherd Woo tagged five favorite mysterious classic novels that take place in a grand manor house, including:
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Why did I love this book?

I read The Remains of the Day after watching the movie, so I have a hard time separating the two in my mind.

The most attractive part of the book (and the film) for me is the unrequited, unspoken love between Steves and Miss Kenton, the butler and the housekeeper of Darlington Hall. There have been many works that depict the pain of a love that never was, but none can hold a candle to this one. The tension is almost unbearable.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Remains of the Day is among Saumya Roy's seven books about star-crossed lovers, A. Natasha Joukovsky's seven novels that subvert social norms, Mark Skinner's ten best country house novels, 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