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ISBN13: 9780679777502
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Awards

Winner of the 1988 Booker Prize

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The Booker Prize-winning novel — now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures.

This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent — a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms — could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.

Review:

"A young Australian heiress in bloomers; a gangling youth directed by mischance into the Church of England; both brought together by accident and a mutual obsession with gambling. The history of Oscar Hopkins in the beginning bears a resemblance to that of Edmund Gosse; the story of Lucinda Leplastrier has no such counterpart; nor has the tortured account of the inception and building of the glass church and its journey down the Australian river to its final destination. No other novel has ever depicted 19th-century England and Australia in quite such a grotesque and melodramatic fashion." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Review:

"If Illywhacker astounded us with its imaginative richness, this latest Carey novel does so again, with a masterly sureness of touch added." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"As fine a love story and as fascinating an exploration as any reader could wish....Carey writes as if the world he has created, and his own private life, are at stake." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"The stuff of shimmering, transparent fantasy, held together by the struts of 19th-century history and the millions of painstaking details." Time

Review:

"A kind of rollercoaster ride....The reader emerges...gasping, blinking, reshaped in a hundred ways, conscious that the world is never going to look the same again." Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

This whimsical novel, winner of the 1988 Booker Prize, is set in Victorian England and Australia, is the story of two highly unusual people: Oscar Hopkins, rebellious son of a disciplinarian preacher, and Lucinda Leplastrier, an heiress who has just bought a glass factory. The two meet on shipboard, fall in love, and find that they share an attraction for gambling and for risks — a taste that culminates in the precarious conveyance of a crystal church across the rough Australian outback.

Synopsis:

The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight  Pictures.

This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in  nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.

About the Author

Peter Carey was born in 1943 in Bacchus Marsh, Australia, and was educated at Geelong Grammar School. He is the author of a collection of stories and five novels. He lives in New York City and teaches at New York University.

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Macardle90, September 23, 2011 (view all comments by Macardle90)
One of the most beautiful and haunting books I have ever read. I loved all of Peter Carey's novels, but this one is sheer magic. He has the ability to take the most common and mundane parts of life--a deck of cards, some seaweed, a piece of glass, and turn it into a fragment of a dream, full of life and color and a strange beauty. Even the main characters, who are the most awkward of outsiders, are wonderfully complex and thoroughly, terribly lovable. This book made me laugh, broke my heart, put it back together again, completely changed the way I read fiction. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679777502
Author:
Carey, Peter
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Carey, Peter Stafford
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Gambling
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In
Subject:
Gamblers
Subject:
Glass manufacture
Subject:
Clergy -- Australia -- Fiction.
Subject:
Clergy -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Movie Tie-In ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
PNW-58
Publication Date:
November 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1 in 0.7313 lb

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Product details 448 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679777502 Reviews:
"Review" by , "If Illywhacker astounded us with its imaginative richness, this latest Carey novel does so again, with a masterly sureness of touch added."
"Review" by , "As fine a love story and as fascinating an exploration as any reader could wish....Carey writes as if the world he has created, and his own private life, are at stake."
"Review" by , "The stuff of shimmering, transparent fantasy, held together by the struts of 19th-century history and the millions of painstaking details."
"Review" by , "A kind of rollercoaster ride....The reader emerges...gasping, blinking, reshaped in a hundred ways, conscious that the world is never going to look the same again."
"Synopsis" by , This whimsical novel, winner of the 1988 Booker Prize, is set in Victorian England and Australia, is the story of two highly unusual people: Oscar Hopkins, rebellious son of a disciplinarian preacher, and Lucinda Leplastrier, an heiress who has just bought a glass factory. The two meet on shipboard, fall in love, and find that they share an attraction for gambling and for risks — a taste that culminates in the precarious conveyance of a crystal church across the rough Australian outback.
"Synopsis" by , The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight  Pictures.

This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in  nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.

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