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In Australian slang, an illywhacker is a country fair con man, an unprincipled seller of fake diamonds and dubious tonics. And Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of Peter Carey's uproarious novel, may be the king of them all. Vagabond and charlatan, aviator and car salesman, seducer and patriarch, Badgery is a walking embodiment of the Australian national character—espcially of its proclivity for tall stories and barefaced lies.

As Carey follows this charming scoundrel across a continent and a century, he creates a crazy quilt of outlandish encounters, with characters that include a genteel dowager who fends off madness with an electric belt and a ravishing young girl with a dangerous fondness for rooftop trysts. Boldly inventive, irresistibly odd, Illywhacker is further proof that Peter Carey is one of the most enchanting writers at work in any hemisphere.

Synopsis:

The history of twentieth-century Australia is seen through the exploits and adventures of conman Herbert Badgery, as the 139-year-old "illywhacker" recalls his diverse careers as an aviator, car salesman, seducer, patriarch, and snake catcher. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

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One of the funniest, most vividly depicted, most entertainingly devious and bitterly insightful pieces of fiction to be published in recent years. —Newsday

Carey can spin a yarn with the best of them.... Illywhacker is a big, garrulous, funny novel.... If you haven't been to Australia, read Illywhacker. It will give you the feel of it like nothing else I know. —The New York Times Book Review

A book of awesome breadth, ambition, and downright narrative joy.... Illywhacker is a triumph. —Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307764256
Publisher:
Vintage International
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Peter Carey
Author:
Carey, Peter
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Aged men -- Australia -- Fiction.
Subject:
Impostors and imposture
Subject:
Rogues and vagabonds
Subject:
Picaresque literature
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Aged men
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Older men
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Sale Books
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19960430
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Age Level:
Aged men -- Australia -- Fiction.

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Product details 608 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307764256 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The history of twentieth-century Australia is seen through the exploits and adventures of conman Herbert Badgery, as the 139-year-old "illywhacker" recalls his diverse careers as an aviator, car salesman, seducer, patriarch, and snake catcher. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , One of the funniest, most vividly depicted, most entertainingly devious and bitterly insightful pieces of fiction to be published in recent years. —Newsday

Carey can spin a yarn with the best of them.... Illywhacker is a big, garrulous, funny novel.... If you haven't been to Australia, read Illywhacker. It will give you the feel of it like nothing else I know. —The New York Times Book Review

A book of awesome breadth, ambition, and downright narrative joy.... Illywhacker is a triumph. —Washington Post Book World

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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