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Old Filth

by Jane Gardam

Jane Gardam's new book Old Filth kept me turning the pages until the small hours. It tells the story of renowned barrister, Old Filth, failed in London try Hong Kong who was one of the many Raj Orphans sent 'Home' to be fostered and educated in England. Gradually his story unfolds, each incident slotting jigsaw fashion into place to finally reveal the unspeakable childhood event which determined the man he would become. One question runs throughout: can children, starved of affection, ever be capable of meaningful relationships, however much they try In fact I was so engrossed that I couldn't bear to let the book go, so I immediately read it again.

Suggested by Jenny Baker, Alvering

Tagged with: disappointing engrossing evocotive

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Comments

I am amazed at anyone being engrossed in this book. It all "fitted" too easily. The author did not really build the characters, rather she seemed to give readers a glimpse so that one could make of them what one chose. Lazy writing and a real disapointment.
Reading Group Victim
I too was engrossed by this book. I was immersed in the smells and 'feel' of the far east due to some fabulous prose by the author. Emotionally I was drained at the end feeling the 2 ends of the spectrum of utter sadness and happiness for 'Old Filth' himself. I borrowed this from the library over 12 months ago and intend to purchase a copy for myself as it made such an impact on me at the time of reading it still evokes feelings in me remembering elements of the story. Fantastic book.
Debbie L, Derbyshire
 

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