Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Wonderful Writer

Finished January 5
The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
Gardam is one of my favourite writers and has been since I was introduced to her at the age of sixteen. This one builds on the last two of hers, Old Filth, and The People on Privilege Hill. Taking up a similar story to that of Old Filth, this one is mostly from the point of view of Filth's wife, Elizabeth (later Betty). From the time of their engagement to the death of both, this book looks at Elizabeth's past, her feelings around her marriage, and her feelings about Filth's rival, Veneering. This is a book about the characters, as Gardam's books are, and while the lives lived are not thrilling, they make for a very interesting tale.
She has not lost her touch.

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