April 26, 2010



I'll be there. I think Peter Carey will turn out to be one of the most signifcant writers of our day. He is truly brilliant.


Peter Carey live!

I read 'Oscar and Lucinda' nine years ago, a truly unforgettable novel.


Each of the Peter Carey novels I read, My Illegal Self and My Life As A Fake, I found both depressing and exciting. A way, I suppose, of lifting the gloom so the reader could see some light in a character's tunnel, one he liked, even rooted for.


I hadn't heard much about him. What book should somebody new to Carey start on?


Neil, I started with Kelly Gang, and really enjoyed it, and I would re-read it given the chance. I read another of his books which I didn't like as well (Theft), actually, didn't like whatsoever to be honest, but I am in the minority there to be sure. I hear great things about Oscar and Lucinda, and that will probably be the next of his books I read.

What I like about Carey is the diversity of his ouevre. There is something, somewhere, in there for everyone, just have to find the right time period and theme.


Neil, Drew advises you well, although I myself loved Theft. But I'd say the big three are Oscar and Lucinda, Kelly Gang and Jack Maggs. Any one of those will see you off nicely.


The Tax Collector is brutally funny, and highly underrated. Carey is an example of a writer who has struggled to find the right story after writing his "big" novel, Kelly Gang. Nothing he's written since measures up to his earlier novels, in my non-expert opinion.


Excuse me, that should read Tax Inspector.


Thanks for the advice. I'll try to finish one before the reading.


One other voice supporting Oscar and Lucinda as your lead-off hitter. My favorite and my first. Not sure that those two things are related, but worked for me.


Just read Oscar and Lucinda--my first Carey--a few months ago. Started it, and somewhere around page 150 it hooked me with some crazy manic energy. Great, great book. Can't wait to read some more of his works this summer!


I've enjoyed several Carey books as well, but could we squeeze in a shout out for Mona Simpson here? Characters, narratives and good sentences -- tough combo to beat.

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