Title to be discussed:The Remains of the Day , by Kazuo Ishiguro. Date of meeting: Wednesday January 6, 11:00 am, at 6104 Auden. Summary: "The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second World War, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him -- oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, pitch-perfect novel -- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence." February selection: Zeitoun , by Dave Eggers.