Synopses & Reviews
For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack on his suburban front lawn, and, for the space of nine minutes, he becomes a dead guy. And although he is resuscitated, he will never be the same. For, as Peter Carey makes abundantly clear in this darkly funny novel,death is sometimes a necessary prelude to real life.
Part The Wizard of Oz, part Dante's Inferno, and part Australian Book of the Dead, Bliss is a triumph of uninhibited storytelling froma writer of extravagant gifts.
"Poses the biggest questions about life, death and the twilight state of existence in the weirdest way. Bliss fulminates on the toxic dangers of technology and moral compromise [and] has big, randy dreams about its hero's search for a bucolic heaven on earth." Time
"Arresting...an icy, stealthily paced comedy. We're in the hands of an accomplished satirist [who is] very, very good." Newsweek
"Beautiful. It is a real tribute to Peter Carey that you're scarcely aware of him....Enchanting." Los Angeles Times Book Review