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.”