Harvard Book Club --August 31

The next Harvard Club of Cincinnati Book Club meeting is set for Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bronte Cafe in the Joseph Beth Bookstore.

The selected book for our August meeting is Old Filth by Jane Gardam.

Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia, where he earned the nickname Old Filth (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the English bar. Yet through it all he has carried with him the wounds of a difficult and emotionally hollow childhood. Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers is finally free from the regimen of work and the sentimental scaffolding that has sustained him throughout his life. He slips back into the past with ever mounting frequency and intensity, and on the tide of these vivid, lyrical musings, Feathers approaches a reckoning with his own history. Not all the old filth, it seems, can be cleaned away.

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.

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Other Books Recently Suggested:

     "Blitzed:  Drugs in the Third Reich," by Norman Ohler

     "Homo Deus:  A brief History of Tomorrow," by Yuval Noal Harari

     "Plrknib," by Alex Bernstein

     "The Red Tent," by Anita Diamant

     "Commander in Chief:  FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943," by Nigel Hamilton

     "Dick Cole’s War:  Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando,"
by Dennis R. Okerstrom


Thursday, 08/31/17 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm | iCal


Bronte Bistro--Joseph Beth Bookstore
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

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Questions: Contact Book Club Chair Steve Strauss, sdstrauss@earthlink.net or 321 0967