by Jane Gardam
Editor: Europa Editions
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Jane Gardam’s third book Old Dirt from the trilogyLast Friends is the third and last news in the highly appreciated trilogy that began with the Old Dirt and continued with The Man in the Wood of HatThe haunting first novel is the story of a long history of several decades of marriage, which extended from the immediate post-war period into the opening of the twenty-first centurySir Edward Feathers (Old Dirt) has an exciting character: so intelligent, so triumphantly his own man, hurt by his terrible childhoodThe Man in Hat Wood has Betty from the storyShe and Sir Edward met and married in Hong KongShe was surdy and reliable, the exemplary wife of a prominent lawyerShe possessed two exceptional strands of pearls offered by two men, who wanted him and despised each other with equal authorityThis second, equally witty, novel weighed the difference between marriage and romance with much subtlety and understandingLast Friends is Terence Placage tourIts beginnings were not those of the usual large establishment of SpainDamn rival hated in justice and in love is the son of a Russian acrobat marooned, in the midlands and a girlHe escaped the war and later emerged in the Far East as a man of panache and gloryThe Bar treats its success with suspicion: from where this beautiful, brilliant Slavs comeThis exquisite story of Placage, Dirt, and their circle tells a bittersweet tale of friendship and grace and disappointments and consolations of ageThey are all, finally, of the other last friend that this magnificent series ends with the deep and constant satisfaction that only the great literature
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