I bought this book on a recommendation from an author I really enjoy. I tried to hang in there but I just got to the point that I didn't care what Old Filth did next. It was just plain boring. It's not good if I keep looking to see if it's almost over. After about the 5th check I decided to give it up.
The character development is superb, and her use of chronology is accessible, though she does jump around in time. One never feels lost.
Old Filth, of course--with his wife Betty running a close second. This book is one of a trilogy, the same period/story covered from three different viewpoints. One understands Filth's ability to be a good lawyer and judge; his background fills in all the holes.
I have a difficult time isolating a scene, as the book is very much of one piece. The scenes of Filth's childhood were vivid, horribly so.
Old Filth and his wife.
If any reader/listener has a predeliction for English novels, Jane Gardam is your cup of tea. Her sentences are structured economically, with none of the unfortunate excess of simile/metaphor as one finds in "writerly" authors. This trilogy covers a time period from the Raj, on to the present. I might add that her handling of the elderly characters is excellent--realistic but sympathetic. She does not judge her characters.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
and those who like the old ways."IF not one of these, then you might find this story a little pointless.
Yes, already did.
Quite unique; can't think what I'd compare it to.
Voice is engaging--not at first--but he grows on you and he uses his voice very effectively to designate varying characters.
I"d take the dwarf but hopefully with Old Filth as his companion.
The next one, The Man in the Wooden Hat, is also outstanding. There's a third, but it's not on audible, alas.
haven't read the book but the narrator is great and the story does reflect the society of the times.
the comprehensive and concise way it rendered the story comprehensible and didn't live the feeling of leaving out many historical details that are not pertinent to the story
the visit to his cousins and their views on the changing world remains most in my mind
highly recommend it and will be looking for more of the same author and narrator
I wish I had read this instead of listening to it. There were a few too many characters (some called different names either at different times, or by different people) and a few too many time shifts for me to be certain I got all I could've by listening to the audiobook.
While this book may not appeal to everyone, I found it intriguing, different, and compelling.
As we learn more and more about "Old Filth," I grew increasingly fond of him, as well as sympathetic. This is a slow book, quiet. The characters and locales that make up Old Filth's life story are colorful. We come to understand him better, as he learns to understand himself. I loved this book.
Selected on a whim, I was blown away by the story, the writing and the acerbic but perfect narration. I'll read more by this author
He captures the voices beautifully.
Old filth, it was the story about his life and some of the mysteries explaining his personality.