Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words

Book - 1981
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Clarke, Irwin, c1981
ISBN: 9780143051411
0143051415
9780772013620
0772013624
Characteristics: vii, 396 p. ; 23 cm

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sam120
Jul 28, 2015

First read the book a couple of decades ago. Loved it then, and still do after a re-read. Especially since much has come to light to give credence to the main plot. From page to page I never knew what was going to happen next and some scenes were truly chilling. A great read!

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Oct 01, 2011

Although Findley chose an interesting twist of seeing the major events of World War 2 through the eyes of poet Ezra Pound's fictional character, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, I quickly lost interest in this book. It started off wonderfully with the main character escaping from a train, but then led into nothing but name-dropping and nothing of particular interest. I read the first half of the book (200 pages), and left it at that. (Nov 2002)

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