The Man in the Wooden Hat

The Man in the Wooden Hat

by Jane Gardam
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The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam

Book Two in Jane Gardam's Old Filth Trilogy

The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam?s masterpiece, a book where life and art merge. And now that beautiful, haunting novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat.

Old Filth was Eddie?s story. The Man in the Wooden Hat is the history of his marriage told from the perspective of his wife, Betty, a character as vivid and enchanting as Filth himself.

They met in Hong Kong after the war. Betty had spent the duration in a Japanese internment camp. Filth was already a successful barrister, handsome, fast becoming rich, in need of a wife but unaccustomed to romance. A perfect English couple of the late 1940s.

As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, the novel is a triumph. The Man in the Wooden Hat is fiction of a very high order from a great novelist working at the pinnacle of her considerable power. It will be read and loved and recommended by all the many thousands of readers who found its predecessor, Old Filth, so compelling and so thoroughly satisfying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933372891
Publisher: Europa
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 300,780
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jane Gardam has twice won the Whitbread Award, for The Hollow Land, and Queen of the Tambourine. She is also the author of God on the Rocks, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and most recently, Faith Fox.

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readerbdj More than 1 year ago
JANE GARDAM is one of my favorite writers. This book, as in all of her books, Gardam's characters are charming and conventional, or are they. This story is the wife's point of view of a marriage, the declining English empire, and its people, primarily ex-pats. In combination with OLD FILTH, the husband's perspective of the same issues, both books explore the niavIete of youth, the realities of life, and reflections of old age. Another companion book to consider is THE PEOPLE of PRIVILEGE HILL, still more about Betty and Edward Feathers. After that read all the books you can find by Jane Gardam, especially, QUEEN OF THE TAMBOURINE, GOD ON THE ROCKS and THE FLIGHT OF THE MAIDENS.
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Enjoyed continuation of story of Old Filth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the second in this trilogy following OLD FILTH it tells the story through BETTY , the wife's point of view! Old Filth, (failed-in-London-try-HongKong) is a RAj Orphan sent to Wales for his education and childhood. Wonderful character development in this "coming of age" novel that flows back and forth from his elderly years to his past. Now in THE MAN IN THE WOODED HAT we see Betty's side of the story which brings some surprises into the picture. Very British.....good storyline and well looking forward to the third....from BEtty's lover's point of view.
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Love-my-NookNJ More than 1 year ago
This is Betty's (the wife of Old Filth) story. Wonderfully written, funny and heat warming.
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