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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 oIn 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....

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Famous Last Words Reviews

  • Sue Williams
    2019-02-16 21:58

    My favorite book of all time, by my favorite author of all time. Timothy Findley's works are amazing...you can tell he was an actor also because that kind of a theatrical sense comes through in his writing.Loved this book, so if you get a chance to read it, you should.

  • Eric Knudsen
    2019-02-07 22:48

    I found this book on a trip to Canada and couldn't put it down. I sat for over an hour on the floor of a bookstore in Vancouver totally engrossed in Findley's story about the memoirs of an American fascist.

  • Jonathan
    2019-01-19 23:45

    A thrilling WWII spy drama blended with a poetic meditation on the guilt of those who supported or enabled fascism. Written with Findley's usual skill with language and ith pacing. A masterpiece by one of the great North-American writers of the second half of the 20thc. Why is he so unknown outside of Canada? I have no idea, but thanks to Bianca and Julie for getting him in my sights.

  • Perry Whitford
    2019-01-18 21:09

    The famous last words of the title are the dying confession of (meta)fictional writer Hugh Mauberley, scrawled onto the walls of the Austrian hotel where he died in mysterious circumstances near the conclusion of World War II. They contain the story of an extraordinary fascist conspiracy involving Hitler, the exiled Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Wallace and Simpson) and Charles Lindberg, but how true are they? And how self-serving are they?Competing investigating soldiers Quinn and Freyberg try to uncover the mystery. Quinn is a fan of Mauberley's writing, whilst Freyberg is obsessed with bringing those responsible for Nazi war atrocities to justice. Canadian writer Findley artfully gives us both views of the famous last words, filtered through the prejudices of his twin investigators, manipulating how we feel about the man and reliability of his confession. This was both an interesting and cracking alternative history novel and something more besides. The characters of Wallace and Simpson in particular are fascinatingly drawn, the dynamics in their relationship given an intriguing airing. The balance of the opposing investigations, the deftness of the subtle manipulations of sympathies - it was very impressive. It helps if you know something about the life and work of poet Ezra Pound though.I have read a few of Findley's other novels after this one and they were all vastly different, but equally good. If you have not read anything by him yet then try to do so, he's brilliant.

  • Karlo Mikhail
    2019-02-09 00:45

    Timothy Findley’s Famous Last Words was not, as I first thought it to be when saw it from among the other books in the second-hand bookstore, about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.The novel opens with Hugh Selwyn Mauberley‘s childhood experience of witnessing his own father’s dive to the earth from a hotel roof in Boston. His name is name appropriated from a 1920 collection of poems by Ezra Pound. As the plot unfolds, we are taken to Mauberley’s own final resting place in a hotel room high in the Austrian Alps during the last months of the war. Discovered by soldiers of the Allied armies along with his body – the victim of a chilling murder – are his last words. Etched on the walls is his gripping tale of the intrigues and dangerous schemes involving top Nazi officials, their sympathizers in the British nobility, and other unwitting pawns. But unlike the typical World War II book, the events in Famous Last Words are depicted by someone who sided with Hitler and Mussolini. The protagonist Hugh Selwyn Mauberley is described as a writer who though “once considered to be among the giants of twentieth-century American letters”, spent “an inordinate amount of time with the dissolute aristocracy of faded England and with the morally bankrupt crew that mans the elite but sinking lifeboat of a Fascist-dominated Europe.”Mauberley’s death under orders of the shadowy cabal he once collaborated with underscores the great tragedy of our times.From Famous Last Words

  • Alex
    2019-02-09 00:49

    something about this book resonated - something about Mauberley - Western european, stateless, a follower, waiting in the wings - and of course its Prufrock the "attendant lord"..... I loved the first half of this book, I was enthralled by the period - the end of WW2, Mauberley on the run, with Ezra Pound at his heels, coming back to the frozen Grand Elysium Hotel in Austria, where he had once mixed with royalty, and celebrity, but is now thrown onto the mercy of Kachelmayer the concierge. After that I'm afraid I became impatient - I wanted the romance to continue, and instead we fell into a thriller... never mind, its taken me back to Prufrock.

  • Booklovinglady
    2019-01-18 20:00

    Amazing novel... Extremely well researched and therefore a very convincing (fictional) story. I read it a few months after I had seen the film The King's Speech, which made the book an even more interesting read.

  • Mae
    2019-01-16 22:05

    Just finished the book and letting it sink in. Filled with allusions, this novel was definitely a challenge for me as I can't easily wrap my mind around its metaphoric language!Although, the copy I have read is packed with the annotations from my English teacher which really helped understand what the narrator, Mauberley (and on occasion, Quinn) are drawing parallels to. So far I can decipher:- Freyburg's Star Trek: 9's Linnearity- Masks in theatre & Stankisolvsky- Power, leveler and blocking - status- Nietzsche's defiant existentialism vs Satre's Nausea- Greenblott & self fashioning masface(?)- Icarus- Nihilism the spasm(?) of existAnyways I shall be off to google the above, and will return to refine my review of this extraordinary real piece of Literature.PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS:"Came down a great long fall, that man . . . " (p.357) [Annotation: Icarus again]"'Someone ought to be doing something,' he said. "Standing up for values, decency, the law...'" (p.357) [A: GH]"'Do you weave?' I said. 'Yes I do,' said the voice. 'But every night I unravel it.'" (p.358)"... I could probably make myself 'desirable' enough if I knew how to play the predator." (p. 359)"The promised hour was drawing to a close. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley - poet, novelist, critic, polemicist and winner of prizes, including both the Pulitzer and the Conccordia - sat amongst the whores and lighted a cigarette." (p.359)"Should I write that he sat 'amongst the other whores'?" (p.359)"Now, I thought, lifting the lid, I am playing d'Artagnan. And the Queen of France depends on my finesse." (p.369)"I don't know where I am. But I do know where I want to be. I've always known that. Always. And this ship, this ship that's come. This promise... This is my one last chance. Me, you see, I can catch up with...' She stared in the direction of her husband's rooms. She touched her hair and smoothed her skirt. 'Of course,' she said, 'I am the strongest. I have to make him follow. Don't I? He has to follow me. And I never - never, never understood that before. David has me to catch. And we have to help him..." (p.373)"'It will always be said,' she said, 'until the end of time, that the king gave up his throne for me. But you and I are the only ones who know or will ever know that I gave up my throne for him." (p.373)"And I thought of Beatrice in Much Ado: 'do you love me?' 'Yes.' 'Kill Claudio...' And I thought of Lucrezia Borgia, Agrippina, Messalina . . ." (p.373)"'I need a death,' I said." (p. 375) [The final 'act']"It was done. My fall was over. All the way down." (p. 375)"One arm was caught underneath his body and the other was flung between his legs in that gesture so often made by boys in their sleep against the atavistic fear that Lilith will come in the dark with her scissors..." (p. 379)(p.382) [A: Falling]"Only a myth. Or a dream." (p. 382)"That night, he lay on his cot and stared at Mauberley's stars. All he could think of was: they are there. And they will not go out. Like other stars." (p.391) [A: But they are cold and distant: only our minds are inspired by their heat.]". . . Quinn went upstairs one last time to look at Mauberley's epilogue." (p. 395) [A: The(?) enforce & the subtext. The sub/mission" of Myth.]"In the end the sighting is rejected, becoming something only dimly thought on: dreadful but unreal." (p. 395)". . . a shape that passes slowly through a dream. Waking, all we remember is the awesome presence, while a shadow lying dormant in the twilight whispers from the other side of reason: I am here. I wait." (p. 396) [A: Nightmare / Changeling / of dream][A: The despairing madness of myth (and history) / its inevitable recurrences and degeneration. / Caunettion(?) Masks]

  • Anna
    2019-01-29 16:41

    I gather book recommendations in a fairly indiscriminate fashion, from friends, family, acquaintances, strangers I’m introduced to at weddings, other books, libraries, social media, blogs, newspapers, etc. I’ve been doing so for many years. As a consequence, there are books on my To Read list that trigger no memory of why I ever intended to read them, let alone who recommended them to me. ‘Famous Last Words’ is one such mystery. I think it’s been on the list (in its various forms) for at least eight years. Then a few weeks ago I happened upon a copy in a charity shop. It is an odd novel, technically a conspiracy thriller told in a peculiar form of flashback. It begins in the closing weeks of the Second World War, as Allied soldiers reach a prestigious hotel to find the corpse of Hugh Selwyn Mauberly. He is known as a Fascist sympathiser and has left a detailed confession written across the walls of three hotel rooms. This tells the tale of a conspiracy involving the former King Edward VIII and his wife, von Ribbentrop, and Charles Lindbergh. Given this flashback structure, the sense of tension in the novel is erratic. Various moments and events are extremely tense but, ultimately, the reader knows from the start what will happen to Mauberly. Moreover, the stakes regarding the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (who are central to the conspiracy) never seem hugely high in retrospect. Nonetheless, there is a well-developed air of paranoia about the whole thing. Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, is by far the most interesting character seen through Mauberly’s eyes. Mauberly himself does not come off well and his motivations are somewhat baffling. Similarly, the soldiers who find Mauberly’s testament display an interesting variety of perspectives, but Quinn, the other main narrator, remains enigmatic. I found his sympathy for Mauberly hard to understand. ‘Famous Last Words’ reminded me at times of The Magus (the paranoia, confusion, and sense of events being manipulated by those much more powerful) and Earthly Powers (the heavy atmosphere of dread and various elements of Mauberly's characterisation). Both are, I think, better structured and more powerful novels, though. (Especially Earthly Powers, which is sublime.) ‘Famous Last Words’ has a neat conceit and some very memorable imagery. However it cannot sustain tension when the reader already knows too much of the ending. Also, Mauberly’s motivations are not clear enough, nor the reader deep enough in his mind, to make him a truly compelling narrator. An unusual novel, though, and there is plenty to enjoy about it.

  • Sherry Howland
    2019-01-25 19:53

    This is a CLEVER book...and I don't say that in a bad way. However, it was almost too clever for me, the twists and turns, using the subject of a (real) poem written by a (real) poet as the main character...I found myself referring back to the Ezra Pound poem, trying to guess what Mauberly (widely thought to be autobiographical) was REALLY all about. Findley's trick of employing real people in (maybe) fictional situations was at times too confusing. Or maybe I simply need to go back to Modern World History 101. It is definitely worth a read, totally enveloping. And I found myself Googling some of the characters, which is always the mark of a good book for me...I want to learn more!

  • Mariam
    2019-02-13 16:53

    I tried to read this. I was actually forced to read it for school, but i am currently failing the class because I couldn't get through it no matter how hard I tried to concentrate. "Just get it over with," I would tell my self. I pushed and pushed my mind, but to no avail. This book was incredibly boring to me and i couldn't bring myself to finish. It was overly detailed and uninteresting, so I gave up trying to read it. Maybe it got better...On the other hand, does anybody have any opinions or thoughts to share on the imagery patterns of glass and mirrors? I personally found it very interesting. Specific examples would be on pages 11, 13, 18, 19, 25, 35, 40, 60, 133, 141, 162, 191, 198, 214, 227, 233, 237, 241, 246, 250, 251, 280 and 346. Check them out and tell me what you think!

  • Cody
    2019-01-20 20:53

    Hugh Mauberley is cool fake dude & mad respect for fictionalized historical figures but cool parts in book stand out like weird mayan pyramids in middle of boring jungle, you run into these passages that make you go 'oh shit' and then a couple pages later you're back with the boring ppl you dont really like / kinda forgettable proseezra pound throwing goatmeat balls at cat to get him off roof was cool, crazy hess is cool, guy flying plain around bahamas + writing MENE MENE TEKEEL UPHARSIN in the sky before dumping gas on a town and lighting it up was real cool

  • Joyce
    2019-01-31 18:10

    this remains one of my all time favourite books..read it three times. Set in Spain and Italy during the war an English captive writes a novel on the walls of his room in an abandoned estate while waiting for the Americans to arrive. The prisoner is a member of the European elite who are playing chess with facist politics while posing for England..amongst them the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor.The antics of this high society border on surreal and add to the mystery of what really happened.

  • Gabriele Wills
    2019-02-08 23:58

    Timothy Findley (Tiff to his friends, of whom 2 were also mine) gave a talk about this book at our local library well before its release. The Duchess of Windsor was still alive, so this book couldn't be published. He mentioned how he listened to the news every night, waiting to hear about her demise. So I was eager to read it once it was available, and was impressed by the amount of research he must have done to portray these real people and events.

  • Tiffany
    2019-02-10 23:48

    This is my favourite Timothy Findley novel. I was engrossed in the story, the interweaving of the historical figures (Ezra Pound, Hitler, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, WWII), and the era. Shanghai at its height of glory is one of the highlights. All brought to a devastating conclusion. I have lent this to my mother and never got it back... I think she has claimed it for her own.

  • Anh
    2019-01-28 20:53

    Mauberley is real here, and so is Ezra. Ezra is a real grumpy shit. There are so many other historical figures that it will make you dizzy - fascists, dukes and duchesses, hotelliers, poets and queens - but what a story.

  • Dan
    2019-02-13 20:52

    A historiographic metafiction in which intertextual characters (Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, from a poem by Ezra Pound) interact with historical characters (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Hitler, Charles Lindbergh).

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-15 20:00

    I was drawn in immediately by Findley's facility with words and imagination.

  • Heidi Archer
    2019-01-17 22:41

    Delightfully intricate story! I would read again. And probably have a different experience that time.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-05 19:57

    Really loved this book. Not an easy read, really dense, full of stuff. Would make a good book club.

  • Dan Frew
    2019-02-07 18:41

    I read this when I was a kid. I had no clue what it was about. I still don't.

  • Tanya
    2019-01-22 19:07

    I have difficulty holding any other author to the pedestal on which I place Timothy Findley. This was, yet another, excellent novel. Findley does an excellent job of weaving fiction with non-fiction that produces stories that just make you want to devour them. This is a story about Edward VIII's abdication and a World War II plot revolving around a fictional main character (although some readers will recognize the significance of his name). Findley's book left me spending half of my time looking up events and people on the internet... entirely a good thing.

  • Jay Millar
    2019-01-20 22:42

    This was a lot of fun to read after watching The Crown, since it is a fictionalized retelling of the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of York and their relationship to Nazi Germany and the secret cabal that attempted to take control of Europe during the Second World War, as told by a character made up by Ezra Pound.

  • Shannon Cole
    2019-01-16 18:42

    There are beautiful parts - the writing is top notched. But as with a lot of literature- I find there was too much meaning hidden in metaphors. High school reading kinda book where you have to decipher and report on stuff

  • Laura
    2019-02-12 21:05

    A sometimes exhausting but worth it portrait of shallow human cruelty.

  • Paula Dembeck
    2019-01-29 21:05

    This is a fascinating book, one that merges fact and fiction, real life characters and purely invented ones. The novel opens in March 1945. The protagonist Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, (borrowed from Ezra Pounds poem of the same name), has left Italy with two suitcases full of notebooks and has settled himself in the Grand Elysium Hotel in the Austrian Alps. A month later, members of the United States Seventh Army find Mauberley’s frozen body in one of the rooms with an icepick in one eye and a silver pencil in his hand. In the four rooms next to the body, the walls are covered with words. Lieutenant Quinn and Captain Freyberg his superior officer, are fascinated by the story it tells, but the two react very differently. Both men have seen the war camps at Dachau and have been brutally affected by that experience. Quinn believes the story on the walls may exonerate Mauberley who was known for his Facism. Freyberg, outraged at the wartime atrocities committed against innocent victims, is obsessed with collecting as many facts as possible to ensure those responsible pay for their crimes. He has a huge collection of gruesome details of those atrocities, facts that he has religiously recorded so they can be used to bring those responsible to justice. The story written on the wall is Mauberley’s dying confession. It reveals the existence of a secret cabal code named Penelope which existed in the thirties and forties. Its members conspired secretly to create an anti-Communist state with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor as its puppet leaders. The cabal included many well-known personalities, including Charles A. Lindberg, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Rudolph Hess. Mauberley was an American Poet who believed in Fascism although the reader is never led to understand his attraction to the idea of the cabal. Nevertheless, he became an important communication link between several of its members including the Duchess of York with whom he was romantically enthralled. Mauberley co-narrates the story as he witnesses the various events in the plot, moving from one character to the next and describing the various motives of the cabal members. He recorded everything in his precious notebooks which were feared because they held truths which must never become public knowledge. He knew too much and so was tracked down and murdered. But the murderer never noticed the walls where Mauberley recorded the events in his last will and testament, including the truth about himself and the mistakes he had made. What holds the reader’s interest are the incredible and very believable scenes Findley has created with his characters. In particular the scenes with Wallis Simpson the Duchess of Windsor are intriguing, showing her as a determined schemer desperately dragging her ghost of a husband behind her, ready to do whatever was necessary to fulfill her ultimate ambition and become the Queen she had always wanted to be. This is an interesting read that combines history with gripping fiction and the reader is struck by the stunning possibility that such a scheme could actually have existed. It is important to have some knowledge of the events surrounding the war to appreciate the content. Otherwise it is a complicated, complex and confusing read. This is a very unique book that can be read as a mystery, a romance, a social commentary or an international thriller. It shows Findley as a great talent with an almost limitless and original imagination.

  • Darien Lee
    2019-01-24 19:59

    Timothy FindleyFamous Last WordsCanada: Penguin Books, 1982396pp. $15.999780440325437Famous Last Words by Timothy Findley is a book based on the events of World War II following the accounts of Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, an American Poet who sides with the fascist movement, and Annie Oakley, a liberating army officer. As Mauberley finds himself lost inside a hotel room during his final days, he decides to write his dying confessions upon a wall, describing the ploys and scandals of Hitler and Mussolini, iconic figures of World War II. The person who finds his testament is officer Annie Oakley, a character who takes interest in the story of Mauberley and decides to venture into his written journey. Whereas most novels based on the history of World War Two criticize the political corruption of fascist supporters, Findley takes a different approach to the situation. By bringing a twist to the story he gives the reader a different perspective of both parties involved in the war. At the time it was written, Findley decided to base his book off a poem written by Erza Pound, an American poet who embraced Mussolini’s idea of fascism and embraced support for Hitler. Using the ideas found in Pound’ writing, Findley gives birth to a character for his own novel, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, a reincarnation of Erza Pound. Heavily based on historical events, the novel sometimes becomes hard to understand as the reader may not be able to recognize the situation that is taking place. What helps the reader become more engaged with the story is the vivid imagery and experience that Findley provides with his use of creative language, triggering our senses and allowing us to live life during this gruesome period. Although Findley chose an interesting twist portraying the major events of World War II, I found the book to be a thrilling drama as the story of Mauberley really helped me to understand the struggles that people had gone through during these times, causing me to feel the emotional strain and suffering of both parties. The main focus which intrigued me to read more of the novel was the characterization of Mauberley. At the beginning, he was portrayed as an anti-hero, something that a lot author’s choose to stay away from. This is refreshing as it allows you to see life from a different perspective, one shaped by the corruption of society. Due to this distinctive aspect, the revitalizing take on the setting of World War II will draw readers in. Through the use of his own perception, Findley was able to create a book which had its own uniqueness and mystery to it, causing readers to be interested in the tale of Hugh Selwyn Mauberley and Annie Oakley, two characters caught up in the bent state of the world, trying to fight for their own free will and expression. Any reader with an interest in the history of World War II will find themselves engrossed with the novel as Findley’s story about the tale of an American fascist and his interaction with historical figures will bring them back in time where it all began while adding a different viewpoint and a way of thought.

  • Talie
    2019-01-23 18:51

    Fascinating how Hugh Selwyn Mauberley is Ezra Pound's poem that was considered a self portrayal and turning point on his career. In a way this book is so much about Pound's defection from England and support for fascists in his radio show. Is Findley trying to forgive Pound like Quinn is Mauberley? The more I learn about the facts around the real characters of that time, the more I admire this book. While it's about some dark wartime plots and subplots - Findley does not altogether leave out the extravagant parties of the rich whose sense of pleasures are heightened by their seemingly constant fear of falling.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-28 21:52

    This is my second Findley book, and I think I am prepared to officially declare him underrated. This book was quite different than Not Wanted on the Voyage, but I think the underlying link is the serious treatment of the subject, one which moves beyond the sort of nuts and boltsy research of historical fiction and into more pondery and philosophical territory. The books try to fully imagine and then describe some sort of historical premise, and illuminate, as a result, some set of problems. They work almost like magical realism, I think, in this way. I'm still not sure what the problems here are. Other reviews evoke a can a bad person write good literature type of problem, which I think is sort of happening. Maybe it's more like can a bad person write TRUE literature problem. But I think there are other problems as well, evoked by having to follow Mauberly. One seems to be: once you say that there are people who deserve an ice pick through the eye, can you say that you are still on the side of good? Can you actually say that there are people who warrant an ice pick through the eye? And even if there are, what level of guilt, how much aiding and abetting before you draw the line on the ice pick side of them? Also, don't you risk ending up a Freyberg? Not that ending up a Quinn is necessarily to be hoped for either....is there a response that could possibly be morally satisfying, let alone morally and artistically? I think there is also an ongoing problem with waffling and cowardice, those who don't really want to commit one way or another and what happens to them. Not in terms of their ends -- lots of people end up bad on all sides -- but in terms of what such a cowardly life adds up to. Maybe I'm a terrible person, but I was able to scrounge up a little sympathy for Mauberly. He didn't act very well, certainly, but he also didn't gain much happiness or safety by it, nor did he seem to be motivated by a desire for power or money or fame or whatever other venal motivations you can think. Or maybe that's wrong -- he was hob-knobbing with the rich and famous after all. It's just that he didn't seem happy. He mostly just seemed tremendously weak and kind of caught in inertia and constantly in a state of low level fear, like a dog waiting to be kicked by a master it still somehow loves. Though perhaps even this account of himself is not to be believed? In any case, there are perhaps situations in which you simply cannot be neutral, simply cannot continue to live your life quietly, let alone make art that matters, without choosing a side. I think Findley is exploring this a bit, though it's also possible that I am over-reading these aspects based on my own conviction that we are living through a new age of complacency and cowardice and middle-of-the-roading. It's not impossible that I'm Quinn in this respect. Or Freyberg, actually. They did both see what they wanted to see in some respects.

  • Kyle Fennema
    2019-01-25 23:06

    Famous Last Words Famous Last Words, a novel written by Timothy Findley is a historical novel told in Findley’s own fictitious account. This alternate reality story takes place in and around the second world war and opposed to the majority of World War Two novels, Famous Last Words is narrated through the perspective of American fascist sympathizer. As you experience the war through the eyes of this controversial figure you learn of his motives and reasoning behind his beliefs as well as the challenges he faces as the disputed character he is.Throughout the novel you will witness the stories of iconic figures through never before seen perspectives, observing all new alternatives to the happenings of World War Two. Hitler, von Ribbentrop and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor are among some of the many characters you will meet and learn about.This history filled novel is not for the uninformed. The whole plot of this novel requires for the reader to have a firm grasp World War Two history mainly the movements, groups and individuals. Without the knowledge of these things the book can be dull. For me that was the case. But also in my case, with the help of the internet you can research characters as you go along or after you finish the novel. Although this being a fictitious novel some of the characters are fake. This is one of the many tidbit this novel has, discovering for yourself what is real and what is not.In this book Findley has devised many characters that fit into the scene excellently. This makes it hard for the reader to differentiate between Findley’s creation and reality. I found this to be a new and fresh way to experience a book. Famous Last Words, by Timothy Findley is a outstanding way to re-experience World War Two in a fresh and suspenseful way. If read and researched correctly, Famous Lasts Words is an extremely rewarding book that will have you thinking for days after you have read it.