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Past Imperfect: A Novel de Julian Fellowes
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Past Imperfect: A Novel (2009 original; edició 2012)

de Julian Fellowes (Autor)

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Damian Baxter is very, very rich - and he's dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern: who should inherit his fortune... PAST IMPERFECT is the story of a quest. Damian Barker wishes to know if he has a living heir. By the time he married in his late thirties he was sterile (the result of adult mumps), but what about before that unfortunate illness? He was not a virgin. Had he sired a child? A letter from a girlfriend from these times suggests he did. But the letter is anonymous. Damian contacts someone he knew from their days at university. He gives him a list of girls he slept with and sets him a task: find his heir...… (més)
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Títol:Past Imperfect: A Novel
Autors:Julian Fellowes (Autor)
Informació:St. Martin's Griffin (2012), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Past Imperfect de Julian Fellowes (2009)

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Fabulously wealthy Damian Baxter, once a social climber, is dying without family or heir. He contacts the narrator, the best friend of his youth before they crossed swords, to task him with finding the mother of a child he believes he fathered in the sixties. Armed with the names of possible mothers, the narrator sets out to meet and interview them. The situation is tricky because they were all one-time friends, aristocrats and debutants hobnobbing at Britain's grand houses. Naturally, memories and frictions of the past are rekindled for the narrator, the potential mothers, as well as for Damian.

As a social historian Fellowes is unmatched. He is remarkably astute when examining changing generational attitudes and trends and his attention to detail is flawless.

This is neither a lament for times past, nor a criticism of the culture but a sociological study in the style of Downton Abbey, illustrating the cultural changes for the British upper classes (Fellowes calls them "toffs") in the second half of the 20th century. Very well done, beautifully written. ( )
2 vota VivienneR | Mar 20, 2018 |
If you liked Downton Abbey - you'll like this book. Julian Fellowes knows his tribe and has a way with a story. I really enjoyed this... ( )
  TerryLewis | Jun 12, 2017 |
A dying millionaire seeks to leave his fortune to a child he never knew, bringing him to recall his life in swinging Sixties London.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Feb 8, 2017 |
Superb! Even though the bloom has fallen off the rose as far as my love of Downton Abbey is concerned, I still feel Fellowes is by far the best at setting the scene and fleshing out the characters that inhabit the posh world of which he is a part.

This book is fantastic and I'm surprised I had never picked it up previously. I'm glad I saw it peeking out at me from my library's shelves! ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
The narrator of Past Imperfect accepts an unexpected invitation from Damian Baxter, a one-time friend and Cambridge classmate that he now considers an enemy. Back in the 1960s, the narrator, who had lived on the fringe of posh society, opened the door for Damian, who was of an even lower social status, but something pushed them apart. Damian is now filthy rich, alone, and dying. He had received an unsigned note telling him that he had fathered a child back in the day but never bothered to pursue the claim. Now, he asks the narrator to find out which of the seven women he had bedded back in the debutante season of 1968 had borne his child. The chance to see how his old companions had turned out is too much to resist.

Fellowes moves us back and forth from the swinging 60s to the present day, exploring the complexities of class, friendship, and love along the way. Two events are pivotal: a debutante ball where someone serves hashish brownies, and the picnic that blew apart the narrator’s friendship with Damian and left them both expelled from their social circle. The narrator’s quest is sometimes amusing, often bittersweet. ( )
2 vota Cariola | Oct 28, 2016 |
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Embedded in the detailed descriptions of how the upper classes lived 40 years ago is a slimline plot. Damian Baxter, old, rich and lonely, is dying. Summoning an old enemy (once his closest friend) he concocts a Recherche du Temps Perdu mission among the debs he once slept with to find a child he may have fathered. His final act will be a coup de foudre for the family of this child, but Baxter plans to cushion the blow by leaving his fortune to his only offspring.

There are five ex-debs with children of the right age and the hapless narrator finds them one by one. What he discovers is that their lives now highlight the ways the world has changed, and they all seem to have a soft spot for Baxter. This is gruelling as he nurses a resentment against the man himself, the cause of which is revealed only at the end.

This is a book for a hot winter beach, an escape from life as we know it. Fellowes does us a huge favour in chronicling the world of class-bound aristocrats and their arcane snobbery. But in revealing their priorities, he gives us much to be grateful for in our own society now.
afegit per VivienneR | editaThe Independent, Raffaella Barker (Nov 16, 2008)
 
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Damian Baxter is very, very rich - and he's dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern: who should inherit his fortune... PAST IMPERFECT is the story of a quest. Damian Barker wishes to know if he has a living heir. By the time he married in his late thirties he was sterile (the result of adult mumps), but what about before that unfortunate illness? He was not a virgin. Had he sired a child? A letter from a girlfriend from these times suggests he did. But the letter is anonymous. Damian contacts someone he knew from their days at university. He gives him a list of girls he slept with and sets him a task: find his heir...

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