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Famous last words (original 1981; edition 1981)

by Timothy Findley

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Title:Famous last words
Authors:Timothy Findley
Info:Toronto : Penguin Books, 1996, c1981.
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the interplay between egotism and fascism is very well described by this Canadian Novelist. The ambiguous role played by Edward VIII is given the sinister twist and the chilling result is played out by principals and followers alike. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Apr 9, 2014 |
Findley is seriously underrated. This novel beautifully blends history and fiction, weaving together figures like Ezra Pound, the Duke of Windsor, Wallace Simpson, Charles Lindbergh, and Sir Harry Oakes. Moody, absorbing, clever; reading this book is like being submerged - and not wanting to come up for air. ( )
1 vote mikerr | Apr 26, 2010 |
I have read quite a few books about the despicable characters who have open season during a war for their nefarious activities, but this is one of the most notable for absolutely depraved human behaviour. Although the truth of the horror of war in other books is no less strong, somehow in Timothy Findley, it seems so much more direct and real, not remote and foreign.
2 vote libraryhermit | Apr 24, 2010 |
Extraordinary Fiction!: Timothy Findley's new novel is the result of a poetic and limitless imagination which goes beyond the confines of national boundaries and places him securely among the most original creative writers in the twentieth century. With a rich, brilliantly crafted plot, this novel of gripping international intrigue is one of his best yet. Ingenius characters and a fantastic plot make this novel a brilliant example of Findley's genius. A captivating piece of fiction.
1 vote iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
Extremely well written with an engrossing plot ( )
  AndrewCottingham | Jan 16, 2009 |
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"... one does not know what one knows, or even what one wishes to know, until one is challenged and must lay down a stake."
Thornton WIlder, The Ides of March
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For: Phyllis Webb and
William Whitehead;
Alec McCowen and
Margaret Laurence;
and
in memory of
Thornton Wilder
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When Mauberley was twelve years old, his father took him onto the roof of the Arlington Hotel in Boston and said to him; "I've always loved the view from here. Cambridge across the river. The red bricks of Harvard. . . .The Swan Boats in the public garden. The gilded dome on Beacon Hill and all the people walking on the grass. . . ."
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Note that the French translation of this work is titled Le Grand Elysium Hôtel.
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