Review 1731: Old Filth

From his birth and continuing through his adolescence, Edward Feathers was abandoned or taken away from every person he loved. As an adult, he was a still, stiff man unable to love.

After the death of his wife, Betty, Sir Edward, or Old Filth as he is known in the world of law where he is a prominent lawyer, begins re-examining the events of his past. He also makes attempts to connect with people important to him, but these attempts are abortive. Slowly, all the things he has never spoken of are revealed.

Written in sterling prose, Old Filth is a mesmerizing story about the Raj Orphans, children who were shipped to England at an early age from the Far East. The novel is touching and completely gripping. And for those who loved it like I did, hooray! It’s the first of a trilogy.

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7 thoughts on “Review 1731: Old Filth

  1. Janakay | YouMightAsWellRead October 4, 2021 / 11:54 am

    I’ve had a copy of this one for ages! I did give it a try several years ago, but it didn’t quite take. So many people have loved it, however, I’m determined to try it again (at some point!).

  2. Jane October 5, 2021 / 10:07 am

    I’ve just discovered Jane Gardam through her short stories which I think are brilliant, this is definitely on my list!

    • whatmeread October 5, 2021 / 10:16 am

      I just loved this trilogy. It tells the same story over three times, from three people’s points of view. Really excellent! I just ordered another book of hers.

      • Jane October 6, 2021 / 9:56 am

        I love the creativity of that, I’m looking forward to them!

  3. FictionFan October 7, 2021 / 2:12 pm

    This sounds great – a different aspect of the Empire days! And I’m glad to see from your comment to Jane that you enjoyed the rest of the trilogy too. Onto the wishlist!

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