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 courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions. But Elisabeth is different - a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese Internment Camps, which killed both her parents but left her ...Read MoreFilth (Failed In London, Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the War. Reserved, immaculate and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions. But Elisabeth is different - a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese Internment Camps, which killed both her parents but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East. No wonder she is attracted to Filth's hated rival at the Bar - the brash, forceful Veneering. Veneering has a Chinese wife and an adored son - and no difficulty whatsoever in demonstrating his emotions ...How Elisabeth turns into Betty and whether she remains loyal to stolid Filth or is swept up by caddish Veneering, makes for a page-turning plot in a perfect novel which is full of surprises and revelations, as well as the humour and eccentricites for which Jane Gardam's writing is famous.Read Less
New. Tight binding with clean text. New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 233 p. Audience: General/trade. A portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, "The Man in the Wooden Hat" is fiction of a very high order from the author of "Old Filth."
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.
Dec 17, 2009
Not at all filthy!
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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