Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect

A Novel

Book - 2009
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"Forty years later, the narrator hates Damian Baxter. But if it is pleasant to hear from an old friend, it is more interesting to hear from an old enemy, and so he finds himself accepting a plea from the rich and dying Damian to track down the mother of a child he may have fathered during one brilliant, ruinous debutante season. The search takes the narrator back to the extraordinary world of swinging London, rife with high society and low behavior" --Cover, p. 4.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Griffin, 2009.
Edition: 2nd St. Martin's Griffin ed.
ISBN: 9781250020376
1250020379
Branch Call Number: Fic Fell
Characteristics: 410 p. ; 21 cm.

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lune
Jul 23, 2016

I'm glad I read it. I found the ending satisfactory, and I was interested in finding out what had become of these young people after 40 years, in a way the higher classes had less freedom than the middle classes even in the swinging 60's and '70s. But so much of this novel I found boring, it was too long in my opinion. Still, I will try his most recent novel set in the 19th century.

libbuff Jan 05, 2013

If you have enjoyed "Downton Abbey," and "Gosford Park" by Julian Fellowes, I think you will enjoy this book. He knows the English class system and the subtle ways in which it still exists..... The characters are very well drawn, well rounded. The premise is quite unique, which I appreciated. His sentences are long and sometimes a little serpentine — one has to hunt back through to find the verb on occasion — but once you get into his style and rhythm, it is a delightful read. I hope he writes many more comedies of manners about our dear friends over the pond.

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e_long
Nov 01, 2012

This book takes awhile. After a bit, you come to hate some of the characters. But the end redeems itself. It's also very interesting in portrayal of British society during the 60's. At times, Fellowes's near rants about modern society get a bit old, but I still enjoyed it.

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nelll
Jul 25, 2012

i didn't really enjoy this book till the last 6 chapters i found it quite boring

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