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The Man in the Wooden Hat


Filth (Failed In London, Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the War. Reserved, immaculate and ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500


by Marcelle on May 27, 2010

I would follow Jane Gardam anywhere- Hong Kong, the snobby English country-side...the Raj,through novels, and short stories. Her writing is clear and sharp. She knows her turf and her people, and just people. How we live. How we lose. How we suffer. How we sometimes prevail. '"Try it, you'll like it," as some dinky commercial used to say. Read Old Filth first.


Not at all filthy!

by Hilary123 on Dec 17, 2009

The seeming rigidity of the Judge in "Old Filth" melted gently as layers were peeled back, but Betty, his wife, now the heroine of Jane Gardam's new book, is not quite so intriguing. Once again we have snapshots of family crises, but the gaps are so large that I find myself still trying to put the pieces together. And too soon, as we know already, the tulips are being planted and all is over and we are left to speculate with Old Filth about Betty and what it all meant. The writing is as good as ever, though. Maybe we'll hear about Betty's one-time lover yet?

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