By Jane Gardam
(Europa Editions, Paperback, 9781933372136, 289pp.)
Publication Date: June 2006
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Borrowing from biography and history, Jane Gardam has written a literary masterpiece reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling's"Baa Baa, Black Sheep"that retraces much of the twentieth century's torrid and momentous history. Feathers' childhood in Malaya during the British Empire's heyday, his schooling in pre-war England, his professional success in Southeast Asia and his return to England toward the end of the millennium, are vantage points from which the reader can observe the march forward of an eventful era and the steady progress of that man, Sir Edward Feathers, Old Filth himself, who embodies the century's fate.