I did like it, and though the main character is certainly unlike any I have encountered before, I can't say I would recommend someone else to read it.
I just watched the trailer for the 1993 movie adaptation and I am definitely going to hire out a copy.
This is the story of a British butler called Stevens who is told by his new master to explore the countryside and whilst travelling remurates on his life. Before the war Stevens held a prestigious position in a society household with a large staff. His master was Lord Darlington, who was an important political figure. When Lord Darlington dies, an American gentleman buys Darlington Hall and Stevens comes as a package deal. The new master Mr Farraday, finds the idea of a butler a great novelty. But during attempts at banter, when Stevens remains his usual aloof self, Farraday is disheartened. He tells Stevens to go on a trip to see the countryside. Stevens in truth practises hard to find witticisms to fulfil his new master's expectations. He is finding his position hard as he feels he gave everything he had to Lord Darlington who Stevens believed was a great man, and is saddened to realise Darlington's aspirations although good-hearted were fruitless. His aloofness stops him form making emotional connections and especially impedes on his possible relationship with the once-housekeeper Miss Kenton. On his countryside tour his goal is to meet up with Miss Kenton (who is now married and becoming a grandmother) and enquire as to whether she would like her previous position back.