I have both read and listen to Old Filth. They are both excellent and very different experiences. Jane Gardam is a terrific writter and the language is beautiful to hear.
I have not listened to Graeme Malcom read before, but I will definitely look for his work in the future.
Interesting subject matter about aging.
Your loved ones may not be all you think...or more!
The historical background.
It surprised me. It exceeded my expectations.
He is a gifted reader. You can read a play, but watching it on stage when it is performed by talented actors is so much better. I believe the same applies to books.
The man in the wooden hat is the same author, same characters, same story from a different angle. Read this first.
I loved the character development, and the way the author presented the story...past, present, twist..etc. The whole cast of characters were vivid and quirky. A little slow moving in some parts, but well worth the listening time. I loved the old cousins, what a hoot. Great contrast between the actual and apparent reality of a life well-lived.The narration was clear and nicely paced.
A favorite scene was when
I know this book has received great reviews but it just did not resonate with me. In the end it was "just a story". None of the characters engaged me,I didn't find Filth to be particularly interesting and I looked forward to the end.
Seems to go on forever. The only brain work is in figuring out where the flashbacks and flashforwards occur. The story meaners through events in the life of a mediocre man who is two dimensional. Narration is great, but the book is four hours too long.
I couldn't finish this. The reading was awful. There was probably a plot but I couldn't wade through the lack of believable or lovable characters.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
Old Filth is the nickname of the main character who is clean, bright, good-looking but in need of love. He is one of a group of "Raj orphans" -- kids who were born of British parents and sent back to England to toughen them up, etc. etc. The tragedy is that these parents had education and money. Where in hell were their heads?! In Eddie's case, his mom died when he was born and his dad gave him no more attention than he would to the phone bill. Just write a check and finished! Eddie's first years are spent in the servant class home of a young Malasian nurse where he is cuddled and cherished and becomes fluent in Malay. Then he is sent to the least expensive recommended foster family in Wales. Three other children, a fat boy who wets the bed and two girl cousins, are in this home. Terrible things happen there. We can assume it was an abusive home, but the whole truth only comes out at the end of, I believe, Wooden Hat. These children grow up and attend social events back in Hong Kong. They refer to Wales in whispers! Finally Eddie is sent to a good prep school where the headmaster, "Sir", a man he instinctively likes, gives him a fine foundation of bird and botanical knowledge, all the basics and loving discipline.
The best part of the story is when Eddie learns his dad has been writing to his headmaster about sending Eddie back to Singapore to be saved from the war -- WWII! Kids were routinely evacuated to wherever might be safer for them. Eddie is almost 18, has friends in England, is going for his college entrance exams so when he finishes his military service he can go straight to university. He writes his father a blazing letter pointing out that while he is grateful for having been funded all this time, the father could have written to HIM about these plans, that he is 6'2" and would be very uncomfortable being evacuated with a bunch of small children, that he does have a life and . . . ooh, this is so good!
It's important to read the series in order. I think this is the best book of the three. However, once we know Eddie's friends, his wife, his enemies, then the other books fill in on these people. For example, we get the impression that Betty is just a dumpy little English wife with nice skin, but nothing too special. It takes the next book to learn about Betty! At first glance the book is about parties and what do people think and who said what to whom. And who won the big legal case, who is sleeping with someone else's wife, who can't have children. On another level there is anguish, hurt pride, shame. If I had not seen the name Jane, I would think the author was a man. For sure not chick lit! No way! This author reminds me of Henry James, the subtlety, the stiff upper lip. The writing is poetic and disciplined. The author is well-educated, a citizen of the world, as are the characters.
I had no difficulty with the narration. Hardly noticed it, which means it is top notch.
I have the other one - will hope it is better.
Can't remember much about the book