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Last Friends (Old Filth Trilogy) Paperback – April 2, 2013
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--Maureen Corrigan, NPR
"Jane Gardam is a wonderful writer. Her understanding of character and use of language are both remarkable"
"Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters."
--New York Times Sunday Book Review
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LAST FRIENDS, the third novel, is ostensibly the story of Sir Terence Veneering, a man of mysterious origins, Filth's rival and possibly Betty's lover. The novel opens as the villagers of St. Ague in Dorset, to which all three retired years ago, are preparing to travel to London for Old Filth's funeral, Betty and Veneering having passed on some time ago. The irrepressible Old Dulcie Williams, the village elder and widow of "Pastry Willy" Williams, a judge who was also in the foreign service, becomes the "voice" of the novel. Clearly dotty, and never shy, Dulcie provides the backstories of these characters, though she "sees" events which may or may not be real, has conversations with people who are long dead, and ignores anything (like the increasingly urgent communications from the bank) that might possibly complicate her life. She is joined in St.Read more ›
A big shout out, however, to Europa Editions who continue to publish qaulity fiction. As a serious reader I try to purchase everything they publish and am seldom disappointed with their choices.
Sir Edward Feathers, the central figure of the first volume and his wife Betty, the central figure of the second, have both died. So had Sir Terence Veneering, with whom Betty is believed to have had an affaire and who becomes the central figure in this volume, though it takes some time to realize it: half-way through the book we realize that he has changed his name, and it is easy to miss the time-shift between two of the chapters. They are all remembered by Sir Frederick Fiscal-Smith, who knows Veneering’ surprising past - how he rose to be a barrister from the humblest of circumstances. He, too, appears under a different name in some chapters, and again it is more than half-way through the book that we can make a connection. Before we can make them, the earlier incidents in the novel seem somewhat inconsequential, but then of course things begin to fall into place, though I have to say that I didn’t find the story all that interesting, and the ending ragged. I had given five stars to the other two volumes, which were far better than this one.
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This trilogy is perfectly written, poignantly, heartbreakingly true.
When I finished the third book i went back to the first and read them all again. Read more
This third entry in the OLD FILTH series provides a fascinating look at the history of Tony Veneering, Filth's professional rival and his wife Betty's lover. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Oldies tottering about, having lost much of their individuality. Garden is so good at writing characters that this much disappointed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Catlaw71
My book club read all three in the Jan Gardam series, but spread out over a number of months. I imagine if we had read them one right after the other, it would have been so much... Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Denenholz
old filth was great. the second book was very good. this one was good. wrapped it all up i guess.Published 8 months ago by june wynn
This is a bit of a grab bag of a novel. It both starts and ends--well, towards the end--with filler on aspects of the lives of the three protagonists, Old Filth himself, Betty... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tony Covatta