Book Club – Old Filth by Jane Gardam

When:
April 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am
2021-04-10T10:00:00-04:00
2021-04-10T10:15:00-04:00
Where:
Zoom
Contact:
Irene Blumenthal

This mordantly funny novel examines the life of Sir Edward Feathers, a desiccated barrister known to colleagues and friends as Old Filth (the nickname stands for “Failed in London Try Hong Kong”). After a lucrative career in Asia, Filth settles into retirement in Dorset. With anatomical precision, Gardam reveals that, contrary to appearances, Sir Edward’s life is seething with incident: a “raj orphan,” whose mother died when he was born and whose father took no notice of him, he was shipped from Malaysia to Wales (cheaper than England) and entrusted to a foster mother who was cruel to him. What happened in the years before he settled into school, and was casually adopted by his best friend’s kindly English country family, haunts, corrodes, and quickens Filth’s heart; Gardam’s prose is so economical that no moment she describes is either gratuitous or wasted.

 

All members are welcome to join this group. A Zoom link will be emailed closer to the date.

 

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