Jane Gardam Old Filth


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FILTH, in his heyday, was an international lawyer with a practice in the Far East. Now, only the oldest QCs and Silks can remember that his nickname stood for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. Long ago, Old Filth was a Raj orphan - one of the many young children sent 'Home' from the East to be fostered and educated in England. Jane Gardam's new novel tells his story, from his birth in what was then Malaya to the extremities of his old age. Brilliantly constructed - going backwards and forwards in time, yet constantly working towards the secret at its core - OLD FILTH is funny and heart-breaking, witty and peopled with characters who astonish, dismay and delight the reader. Jane Gardam is as sensitive to the 'jungle' within children as she is to the eccentricities of the old. A touch of magic combines with compassion, humour and delicacy to make OLD FILTH a genuine masterpiece.

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— LeBoudoir

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  • Jane Gardam - Old Filth

    Old Filth


    30. July 2016 um 10:32

    Long ago, Old Filth – short for ‘Failed in London Try Hong Kong’ – was a young and successful lawyer in the far east of the former empire. Born there, he grew up without his mother, she died while giving birth, and father, he was not interested in his son. Like all those Raj orphans, he was sent back to the mother country to get an education and to return later to find his career somewhere in Asia. Now, Edward Feathers by real name thinks back of his life and different episodes which made him the person he is now as an old man prepared for dying.A wonderful novel leading the reader into a time which is long gone and will never be there again. The protagonist had the classic biography of people of the British Empire who made their careers in the eastern parts of the kingdom. What I liked especially were the episodes of Old Filth as a young boy, his experiences among Malayan people and his life there as one of them. What was done to him then when sending him to England, was a rather sad story but I assume also close to reality. All in all, an enjoyable plot narrated in a perfectly fitting tone.

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