Passage of the Day: From Timothy Findley’s “Famous Last Words”

Timothy Findley (1930-2002) remains one of Canada’s best- and well-known authors. “Famous Last Words” was published in 1981. It is fair to say it is an espionage novel where Wallis Simpson is a willing pawn of the Nazis.

“ ‘The War’- like any other war-will come and go and be parenthesized by dates in history books. A war is just a noise-the stench of death-a view, however wide and brief, of rubble-and a cause for lamentation.

After the lamentation: praise. Over the rubble: shrines. After the death the sweetness of flowers. After the noise: the diminishing echo. Then all the shops will be open and the first gold coins go down, “One dozen postal cards of war memorials please. The coloured ones, if possible. And all the figures cut in stone.

A war is just a place where we have been in exile from our better dreams.”

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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