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This review is from: Old Filth (Paperback)
The best part of this book, imho, is the way the author weaves the storyline, jumping from past to present to future, and from fantasy to reality to the ambiguous frail human memory, and all without losing the reader. Very well done.
I felt that I had lost an interesting friend when the book ended so I wish the book had been double the length. The only reason I don't give 5 full stars is that I didn't feel any closeness to Old Filth despite his travails (and I'm not an unsympathetic person). I felt detached, but that is exactly how he felt too, half living inside his own memory. I wish there was an entire series about him.
The history of the Raj Orphans and that plot device in the book was extremely interesting. I did have a tiny bit of trouble in the beginning with British terminology but after 2-3 google searches for definitions, I didn't have any problems.
I think one of the reviews says that this book is truly "adult" and I completely agree in many ways. You rarely get to tie up loose ends neatly in the real world and as you age, the loose ends just pile up like a mountain of dirty laundry on the bedroom floor. Suddenly you lose the ability to tie up loose ends because people die, countries change, and so forth. All the while, the meaning of everything you've experienced keeps shifting. Old memories and emotions are replaced with your new understanding of what really happened. It's difficult to grasp onto something while everything around you is shifting, including your own self, and you try to relive your life experiences from the beginning, this time with a more accurate understanding of what actually happened to you.
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2010 1:40:57 PM PST
This was such a good review, with such honest feeling, that I read many of your other ones on Amazon. An interesting individual comes through.... refreshing.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2012 4:44:19 PM PDT
Agree. I liked the original reviewer's explanation of why this novel is "adult." Just what I was feeling as I read.
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