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Parrot and Olivier in America

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Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey plus real-life historical figures? Oh, I'm in — and you will be, too. This time, it's Democracy in America author Alexis de Tocqueville who gets Carey's funny and incredibly compelling fictionalized treatment. Carey at his best!
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Publisher Comments:

From the two-time Booker Prize–winning author comes an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early nineteenth-century America.

Olivier—an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.

When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States—ostensibly to make a study of the penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from one more revolution—Parrot will be there, too: as spy for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier.

As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, between their picaresque adventures apart and together—in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and brave new lands—a most unlikely friendship begins to take hold. And with their story, Peter Carey explores the experiment of American democracy with dazzling inventiveness and with all the richness and surprise of characterization, imagery, and language that we have come to expect from this superlative writer.

Synopsis:

A tale loosely inspired by the life of Alexis de Tocqueville is set in the early 19th century and follows an unlikely friendship between a French Revolution survivor and an itinerant English engraver's son. By the two-time Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda.

About the Author

Peter Carey is the author of ten previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307593016
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Peter Carey
Author:
Carey, Peter
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100420
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
379

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Parrot and Olivier in America
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Product details 379 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307593016 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey plus real-life historical figures? Oh, I'm in — and you will be, too. This time, it's Democracy in America author Alexis de Tocqueville who gets Carey's funny and incredibly compelling fictionalized treatment. Carey at his best!

"Synopsis" by , A tale loosely inspired by the life of Alexis de Tocqueville is set in the early 19th century and follows an unlikely friendship between a French Revolution survivor and an itinerant English engraver's son. By the two-time Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda.
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