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Publisher Comments:

The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the nineteenth century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia. He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills of a hardened criminal, and he is risking his life on seeking vengeance and reconciliation.

Installing himself within the household of the genteel grocer Percy Buckle, Maggs soon attracts the attention of a cross section of London society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate. The writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. But Maggs is obsessed with a plan of his own. And as all the various schemes converge, Maggs rises into the center, a dark looming figure, at once frightening, mysterious, and compelling. Not since Caleb Carr's The Alienist have the shadowy city streets of the nineteenth century lit up with such mystery and romance.

Review:

"Radiant. Peter Carey's narrative rushes like a great stream toward a glittery falls, gathering momentum as it rolls." The Boston Globe

Review:

"In an audacious and wholly successful act of writerly reinvention, Mr. Carey turns Dickens upside down....Mr. Carey's great achievement here is to superimpose so many different levels of meaning onto this relatively straightforward story." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Carey is a major world novelist, [and] Jack Maggs is a virtuoso piece of novel-writing by any standards." Peter Porter, The Australian Review of Books

Review:

"A rousing old-fashioned narrative....[that] stands on its own as an adventure story." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"We have a great novelist living on the planet with us, and his name is Peter Carey." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"A mesmerizing read." Library Journal

Review:

"Uncommonly exciting and engaging. As much as anyone now writing, Peter Carey is a master of storytelling. His empathy with his characters, combined with his psychological sharp-sightedness, has them almost jumping off the page in full human complexity. An especial bonus is his style...Vivid, exact, unexpected images and language match the quick, witty intelligence flickering through this novel, and make it a triumph of ebullient indictment, humane insight, and creative generosity." Peter Kemp, Sunday Times (London)

Review:

"Writing and philosophical contemplations of the highest order...On a par with, and more interesting than, his two earlier masterpieces...An absorbing, beautifully written novel finished off with a most satisfactory happy ending, and with incidents, an atmosphere, and ideas that linger in the mind." Carmen Callil, The Daily Telegraph (UK)

About the Author

Born in Bacchus Marsh, Australia, in 1943, Peter Carey lives in New York City with his wife and two sons. He is the author of five previous novels and a collection of stories.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679760375
Author:
Carey, Peter
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Carey, Peter Stafford
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Crime and criminals
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
ch. A7
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.98x5.13x.74 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679760375 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Radiant. Peter Carey's narrative rushes like a great stream toward a glittery falls, gathering momentum as it rolls."
"Review" by , "In an audacious and wholly successful act of writerly reinvention, Mr. Carey turns Dickens upside down....Mr. Carey's great achievement here is to superimpose so many different levels of meaning onto this relatively straightforward story."
"Review" by , "Carey is a major world novelist, [and] Jack Maggs is a virtuoso piece of novel-writing by any standards." Peter Porter, The Australian Review of Books
"Review" by , "A rousing old-fashioned narrative....[that] stands on its own as an adventure story."
"Review" by , "We have a great novelist living on the planet with us, and his name is Peter Carey."
"Review" by , "A mesmerizing read."
"Review" by , "Uncommonly exciting and engaging. As much as anyone now writing, Peter Carey is a master of storytelling. His empathy with his characters, combined with his psychological sharp-sightedness, has them almost jumping off the page in full human complexity. An especial bonus is his style...Vivid, exact, unexpected images and language match the quick, witty intelligence flickering through this novel, and make it a triumph of ebullient indictment, humane insight, and creative generosity."
"Review" by , "Writing and philosophical contemplations of the highest order...On a par with, and more interesting than, his two earlier masterpieces...An absorbing, beautifully written novel finished off with a most satisfactory happy ending, and with incidents, an atmosphere, and ideas that linger in the mind."
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