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Famous Last Words Timothy Findley

Famous Last Words

Timothy Findley

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ISBN : 9780099562306
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Like it 1977 predecessor The Wars, Timothy Findleys 1981 Famous Last Words ruthlessly examines the (often violent) nature of social division and union, as well as the making of history. Together these two novels mark the peak of Findleys career.MoreLike it 1977 predecessor The Wars, Timothy Findleys 1981 Famous Last Words ruthlessly examines the (often violent) nature of social division and union, as well as the making of history. Together these two novels mark the peak of Findleys career. While the slim Wars focuses largely on a single Canadian soldier in the First World War, Famous Last Words observes the next war--sometimes in the wings, sometimes from a distant office--through expatriate American writer Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. The title character in a well-known poem by the infamous Ezra Pound (born / In a half savage country-- / Bent resolutely on wringing lilies from the acorn), Mauberley gives Findley a focus point for his forceful moral questions. Can bad people produce good art? (Good anything?) Are actions really excused by explanations? Findleys career as a professional actor is nowhere more present than in this fascinating novel of revelatory props, coded dialogue, and emblematic settings. Mauberleys participation in an international cabal of intelligentsia and power brokers also lends Famous Last Words the suspense of an espionage novel. This fictional group, devoted to creating a new, post-national Europe, anticipates the migrant fixations of so many of Findleys fellow Canadian novelists. Like the characters of Mordecai Richler, Rohinton Mistry, Guy Vanderhaeghe, and Mavis Gallant, Findleys Mauberley is, in Michael Ondaatjes phrase, another international bastard--born in one place and choosing to live elsewhere. Fighting to get back to or get away from our homelands all our lives. --Darryl Whetter