Modern Classics Famous Last Words

Paperback | June 28, 2005

byTimothy FindleyForeword byAlberto Manguel

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In the final days of the Second World War, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley scrawls his desperate account on the walls and ceilings of his ice-cold prison high in the Austrian Alps. Officers of the liberating army discover his frozen, disfigured corpse and his astonishing testament—the sordid truth that he alone possessed. Fascinated but horrified, they learn of a dazzling array of characters caught up in scandal and political corruption. The exiled Duke and Duchess of Windsor, von Ribbentrop, Hitler, Charles Lindbergh, Sir Harry Oakes—all play sinister parts in an elaborate scheme to secure world domination.

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In the final days of the Second World War, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley scrawls his desperate account on the walls and ceilings of his ice-cold prison high in the Austrian Alps. Officers of the liberating army discover his frozen, disfigured corpse and his astonishing testament—the sordid truth that he alone possessed. Fascinated but horrifie...

Timothy Findley (1930-2002) was one of Canada's most compelling and best-loved writers. He is the author of The Wars, which won the Governor General's Award and established him as one of Canada's leading writers, as well as Pilgrim and The Piano Man's Daughter, both finalists for The Giller Prize. His other novels, Headhunter, The Tell...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 7.72 × 5.06 × 0.97 inPublished:June 28, 2005Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143051415

ISBN - 13:9780143051411

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gives you shivers, in a good way. This book is not meant to be climatic, it is simply a story. And real stories have no definite beginning or end. Which I think makes it all the more real, all the more, human. We are taken on a journey involving many fascinating people, people that are supposed to be the stuff of legend. But we are shown that they too are just human, striving for what they believe in. Findley has a fascinating way with words, where one simple sentece can send shivers up your back. in short the novel is both beautiful and devasting all at once. something you must read.
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Last Words Not Written Timothy Findley is probably one of my favourite authors, and I usually enjoy a good read whenever I pick up one of his books. This one however, was disappointing. Which is rather unfortunate because the premise for the novel is so strong. The idea that there could be a secret cabal struggling to take over the world is intriguing (however cliche it might be). And the idea that members of this cabal range from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to von Ribbentrok (one of Hitlers right-hand men) is all the more delicious. But the major problem with this novel is that it never goes anywhere. You spend the whole novel waiting in terrible anticipation of what will come, but none of their plans ever come to fruition. We are left wondering exactly how they planned on this world domination, because we are not given a single clue about what exactly they plan to do. All in all however, a disappointing read, very anticlimactic.
Date published: 2008-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it Timothy Findley is simply amazing! I first read his "The Wars" and felt a tinge of surprise in the beauty of his language and the imagery he presented. Then I read his "Famous Last Words" and I was out of words, out of words as to describing how well written this book is. Full of intrigue, history, emotion and gems of lovely sentences. I cannot recommend it higher.
Date published: 2008-01-27