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The Tax Inspector

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Staff Pick

I'm willing to admit a taste for the darker corners of the human heart; and The Tax Inspector is another one that'll make you look askance at everyone you pass in the street, wondering what sort of malignancies may linger in their secret caves. The vulgar Catchprice family have been car dealers for several generations (Peter Carey's family were also car dealers) and they all live together, just off the lot, at Sydney's suburban edges. The Catchprices are — let's see — how to be polite about this? You might say they're a tad eccentric. These are some real extreme folks, but (and I think this shows Carey's genius as a writer), you come out of this cataclysmic tale with an all-seeing understanding of the everyday ways people are corrupted.
Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

"The entire story is covered in thick, tar-like humor, delivered with deadpan wit as dry as the martini you'll need to get you through these four apocalyptic days. The whole thing feels dirty. Not dirty like HBO late-night. But, dirty like a city street in a bad neighborhood. Dirty like a back-alley speakeasy. Dirty like thieving Mafia cheats. And, underneath all the soot and grime lies an incredibly compelling tale. Compelling because it's clear that Carey is so charmed by these misfits he evokes a compassion that keeps the cast of characters from turning into strange comic book representations of themselves."
Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

I'm willing to admit a taste for the darker corners of the human heart; and The Tax Inspector is another one that'll make you look askance at everyone you pass in the street, wondering what sort of malignancies may linger in their secret caves. The vulgar Catchprice family have been car dealers for several generations (Peter Carey's family were also car dealers) and they all live together, just off the lot, at Sydney's suburban edges. The Catchprices are — let's see — how to be polite about this? You might say they're a tad eccentric. These are some real extreme folks, but (and I think this shows Carey's genius as a writer), you come out of this cataclysmic tale with an all-seeing understanding of the everyday ways people are corrupted.
Recommended by Fidel, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Granny Catchprice runs her family business (and her family) with senility, cunning and a handbagful of explosives. Her daughter Cathy would rather be singing County & Western than selling cars, while Benny Catchprice, sixteen and seriously psychopathic, wants to transform a failing auto franchise into an empire — and himself into an angel. Out of the confrontation between the Catchprices and their unwitting nemesis, a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office, Peter Carey, author of Oscar and Lucinda, creates an endlessly surprising and fearfully convincing novel.

Review:

"Glorious entertainment, storytelling at its best, a piece of richly comic invention...mesmerizing." Boston Globe

Review:

"To summarize the novel's characters or its twisted plot is to risk making the book sound simply cartoonish, quirky and grotesque, one given to smirky, easy jokes at its characters' expense....In fact, there's something extremely likable about all this, and especially about the way Mr. Carey gives the combative Catchprices great complexity and depth....Mr. Carey knows how to win us over to a character's side....{He} writes beautiful sentences, worked on but not labored; his descriptive passages sweep us along and leave us insome felicitous, unanticipated place....This pattern of mini-surprises followed by small, jarring pleasures prepares us, phrase by phrase, for the novel's greater rewards — for its wit and density, its sympathy and wacky inventiveness and its exhortation to step farther back and see more." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Black as the Earl O'Hell's waistcoat,raging with life, bitter to the bone — and absolutely brilliant." Time Out

Review:

"Peter Carey has an approach to the novel destined to make him one of the most widely read and admired writers working in English." Times Literary Supplement

Review:

"Peter Carey won the Booker Prize in 1988 with Oscar and Lucinda. His new novel is shorter, braver, more painful, and even better." The Times

Review:

"A triumph, elegantly written, cunningly constructed, closely observed and deeply disturbing. Peter Carey has confirmed his position as a prince among Australian writers." Daily Mail

Review:

"I doubt there will be a more memorable group of characters put on the page this publishing season." Financial Times

Synopsis:

From Granny Catchprice, who runs her family business — and her family —l with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives to sixteen-year-old Benny, who dreams of transforming a failing automobile franchise into an empire — and himself into an angel — the Catchprices may be the most spectacularly contentious family since Dostoevsky's Karamozovs. But when a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office enters their lives, the resulting collision becomes, in Carey's hands, masterpiece of coal-black humour and compassionate horror.

About the Author

Peter Carey was born in Australia and now lives in New York. His internationally acclaimed novel, Oscar and Lucinda, won the Booker Prize in 1988.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679735984
Author:
Carey, Peter
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Carey, Peter Stafford
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
no. (HCFA)
Publication Date:
19930131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.98x5.22x.68 in. .54 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

I'm willing to admit a taste for the darker corners of the human heart; and The Tax Inspector is another one that'll make you look askance at everyone you pass in the street, wondering what sort of malignancies may linger in their secret caves. The vulgar Catchprice family have been car dealers for several generations (Peter Carey's family were also car dealers) and they all live together, just off the lot, at Sydney's suburban edges. The Catchprices are — let's see — how to be polite about this? You might say they're a tad eccentric. These are some real extreme folks, but (and I think this shows Carey's genius as a writer), you come out of this cataclysmic tale with an all-seeing understanding of the everyday ways people are corrupted.

"Staff Pick" by ,

"The entire story is covered in thick, tar-like humor, delivered with deadpan wit as dry as the martini you'll need to get you through these four apocalyptic days. The whole thing feels dirty. Not dirty like HBO late-night. But, dirty like a city street in a bad neighborhood. Dirty like a back-alley speakeasy. Dirty like thieving Mafia cheats. And, underneath all the soot and grime lies an incredibly compelling tale. Compelling because it's clear that Carey is so charmed by these misfits he evokes a compassion that keeps the cast of characters from turning into strange comic book representations of themselves."

"Staff Pick" by ,

I'm willing to admit a taste for the darker corners of the human heart; and The Tax Inspector is another one that'll make you look askance at everyone you pass in the street, wondering what sort of malignancies may linger in their secret caves. The vulgar Catchprice family have been car dealers for several generations (Peter Carey's family were also car dealers) and they all live together, just off the lot, at Sydney's suburban edges. The Catchprices are — let's see — how to be polite about this? You might say they're a tad eccentric. These are some real extreme folks, but (and I think this shows Carey's genius as a writer), you come out of this cataclysmic tale with an all-seeing understanding of the everyday ways people are corrupted.

"Review" by , "Glorious entertainment, storytelling at its best, a piece of richly comic invention...mesmerizing."
"Review" by , "To summarize the novel's characters or its twisted plot is to risk making the book sound simply cartoonish, quirky and grotesque, one given to smirky, easy jokes at its characters' expense....In fact, there's something extremely likable about all this, and especially about the way Mr. Carey gives the combative Catchprices great complexity and depth....Mr. Carey knows how to win us over to a character's side....{He} writes beautiful sentences, worked on but not labored; his descriptive passages sweep us along and leave us insome felicitous, unanticipated place....This pattern of mini-surprises followed by small, jarring pleasures prepares us, phrase by phrase, for the novel's greater rewards — for its wit and density, its sympathy and wacky inventiveness and its exhortation to step farther back and see more."
"Review" by , "Black as the Earl O'Hell's waistcoat,raging with life, bitter to the bone — and absolutely brilliant."
"Review" by , "Peter Carey has an approach to the novel destined to make him one of the most widely read and admired writers working in English."
"Review" by , "Peter Carey won the Booker Prize in 1988 with Oscar and Lucinda. His new novel is shorter, braver, more painful, and even better."
"Review" by , "A triumph, elegantly written, cunningly constructed, closely observed and deeply disturbing. Peter Carey has confirmed his position as a prince among Australian writers."
"Review" by , "I doubt there will be a more memorable group of characters put on the page this publishing season."
"Synopsis" by , From Granny Catchprice, who runs her family business — and her family —l with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives to sixteen-year-old Benny, who dreams of transforming a failing automobile franchise into an empire — and himself into an angel — the Catchprices may be the most spectacularly contentious family since Dostoevsky's Karamozovs. But when a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office enters their lives, the resulting collision becomes, in Carey's hands, masterpiece of coal-black humour and compassionate horror.
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