Book Notes: Book 2 in Jane Gardam’s Trilogy

The Man in the Wooden Hat is the second novel in the “Old Filth Trilogy”, and it’s supposed to offer the perspective of the main character’s wife Elisabeth.

The problem, however, is that Elisabeth is an extremely vapid, boring person with no perspective. The only interesting thing she does in her life is cheat on her fiancé once. I’m not pro-infidelity but I was cheering on her to cheat again because literally nothing else happens in the novel except for that one instance of cheating that readers already know about from the first book in the series.

The novel doesn’t remotely live up to Old Filth. The writing is still beautiful but there’s nothing for Gardam to write about because there’s no plot. There’s a third book, which gives the story of the guy Elisabeth cheated with but I don’t know if I’m going to read it. He’s supposed to have pined for Elisabeth his whole life, and who but a boring person could love such a non-entity?

If anybody here is familiar with the trilogy, please advise.

AI Uses

In the meantime, the official Russian media have learned to use the AI and are excitedly posting fake photos of explosions at the Pentagon and the White House:

Guerrilla Warfare

I have a ton of work but I’m mesmerized by the events in Russia:

The Russian nationalist guerrillas are pushing towards the Russian nuclear weapons cache. The authorities are scrambling to move the weapons. The supporters of the guerrillas raised their blue-white flag in Moscow.

Yes, the guerrilla force is small and insignificant. But the whole thing is still very funny.

Russian Nationalist Guerrillas

Russian nationalist guerrillas have entered the territory of Russia and are fighting against the regular troops.

For people who don’t know much about the situation, Russian nationalist guerrillas are on Ukraine’s side but not part of the Ukrainian army. They are acting autonomously to liberate their homeland (Russia).

The citizens of the border areas in Russia are evacuating.

This is a great development. Let Russians fight it out among themselves because it’s their problem and it’s time they started figuring it out.