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Oscar And Lucinda : Winner of the 1988 Man Booker Prize - Peter Carey

Oscar And Lucinda

Winner of the 1988 Man Booker Prize

Paperback

Published: October 2005
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Book Description

‘Luminous and magical, OSCAR AND LUCINDA dances with a shimmer of light and dark as its two noble gamblers play out dreams of God and glass. A spectacular achievement.’ Helen Daniel

Peter Carey's Booker Prize winning novel imagines Australia's youth, before its dynamic passions became dangerous habits. It is also a startling and unusual love story.

Oscar is a young English clergyman who has broken with his past and developed a disturbing talent for gambling. A country girl of singular ambition, Lucinda moves to Sydney, driven by dreams of self-reliance and the building of an industrial Utopia. Together this unlikely pair create and are created by the spectacle of mid-nineteenth century Australia.

Peter Carey's visionary brilliance, and his capacity to delight and surprise, propel this story to its stunning conclusion.

‘Luminous and magical, OSCAR AND LUCINDA dances with a shimmer of light and dark as its two noble gamblers play out dreams of God and glass. A spectacular achievement.’ Helen Daniel

‘OSCAR AND LUCINDA are two of the most perfectly realised characters in modern fiction. An immensely skilful and absorbing juxtaposition of a gently comic, obliquely ironic, and deeply compassionate vision of human existence.’ David Williamson

‘The most audacious and rewarding of all Carey's novels.’ Geoffrey Dutton

‘Peter Carey is a complete writer. He has all the skills, and knows all the tricks. He can combine a genius for stark, under-stated comedy, with a nearly Dickensian generosity of description; the result is that hardly a character passes through this novel without Carey enlightening us to the peculiarities of physiognomy, psychology and personal history that establish that character's unique and lasting patent over a portion of the reader's memory.’ Aravind Adiga, Second Circle

ISBN: 9781741661057
ISBN-10: 1741661056
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: October 2005
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.54