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Old Filth by Jane Gardam
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Jan 30, 2009


This witty novel was inspired by Rudyard Kipling's life as a "Raj orphan," that is, a British child born in the Eastern empire and shipped back home to be raised by surrogate parents. Old Filth, Edward Feathers, one such "orphan," is now in his 80s and living in England after a successful career as a barrister in Hong Kong. We first meet Old Filth (filth standing for "failed in London, try Hong Kong") snoozing in a chair at the Inner Temple being observed by some young barristers who comment that Filth's work was his life and not much else happened to him. However, in the course of the novel, which moves between past and present, we find that Filth's personal life has been full of incident and makes compelling reading. (Mary B., Reader's Services)
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message 1: by Karen D'Amore (new)

Karen D'Amore See especially Kipling's "Baa,baa Black Sheep". a devastating portrait of children abandoned by upper class Brit parents in the guise of having them educated at "home" (England).


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