This beautifully written, elliptically told story is matched by a narrator of great skill and discretion -- rather like Filth himself, a lawyer who be..Show More »came rich by disappearing into his work, whose colleagues, finding him unknowable, assume there's nothing to know. There is, it turns out, a lot to know about Edward Feathers, all of it dramatic, human-scaled and utterly satisfying. Gardam tells his story with delicacy, wit and empathy for both Filth and the reader. (Filth experiences a torturous childhood, a topic I personally find almost unendurable in a book. Gardam covers it intelligently, without sensation or prurience). Especially wonderful are the secondary characters, drawn with almost Dickensian verve and particularity. ALL the characters are surprising and sharply drawn.
Graeme Malcolm's reading of the first two books in the trilogy, Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat, were perfect -- beautfully done. Why switch f..Show More »or the third? Watson makes all of Jane Gardam's wonderful characters sound whiny and bored. I put the book down.