Mary's Library

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Another View of Old Filth

Jane Gardam’s Old Filth is reviewed in today’s New York Times Sunday Book Review by Paul Gray, who talks about “a novelist at the very top of her form.”

I disagree about that, but this is certainly a reviewer at the very top of his form.

The review is called “Orphans of the Empire.” Read it.


At 9:05 AM PDT , Blogger Lisa Guidarini said...

I just realized your blog must have sent me off on my latest Gardam tangent! I had actually had her books in mind a while now but then I saw today you've recently blogged on her, so surely that's what acted to push her to the top of Mount TBR. Thank you! I'm enjoying Crusoe's Daughter very much. Have you read this one?

At 3:38 PM PDT , Blogger Mary said...

I haven't read Crusoe's Daughter, and alas the Spokane Library doesn't have it.

Do you recommend that I ask for it on interlibrary loan or should I buy it?


At 6:26 PM PDT , Blogger Lisa Guidarini said...

Well, I'm around halfway through-ish, and it's very good so far. Hard to say which way I'd lean so far. One review criticized her very low-key/monotone style in this book, but so far I haven't particularly noted that hindering anything. I just wish I hadn't read the review! Don't you hate when someone puts a negative thought in your head like that? The power of suggestion is very strong...


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