I often come here with nebulous ideas or themes that I’m looking for in works, and people are generally great at helping me find what I want. Here’s the latest!
I’m looking for novels (or films, etc., but mostly novels or extended narratives) that are all about the last days of ____ - a historical movement, a period in history, a great civilization, a long relationship, a fad or cultural trend, etc. I guess I’m looking for something that’s probably elegaic in tone, and am drawn to the idea of the characters being “the last of their kind” or a holdover from the past, so that we sort of see the character lamenting the passing of whatever it is that theyr’e embodying and the book is themed around.
Some immediate examples that spring to mind are Gone with the Wind (the last days of the Antebellum south), Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day (an aging butler who’s a holdover from the old days of gentility), or even the Little House on the Prairie books (the end of the frontier era).
Anyone have good suggesitons or ideas?