Plot summary[ edit ] Ned Kelly begins his autobiography with a description of his father, John "Red" Kelly, an Irishman transported to Van Diemen's Land and eventually settling in the colony of Victoria, Australia. Red Kelly is shown to have numerous brushes with the colonial police forces, resulting in his imprisonment and death when his son Ned was twelve years of age. After the rest of the family resettles in northeast Victoria under the Land Grant Act, Ned's mother attempts to provide for her children by running a shebeen and taking on a series of lovers, including the notorious bushranger Harry Power.
Peter Carey — Australian novelist and short story writer. The Peter carey entry presents an overview of Carey's career through For further information on his life and works, see CLC, Volumes 40 and Praised for his inventive mixture of the fantastic, the comedic, and the ordinary, Carey often creates detailed, realistic settings into which he introduces surreal and fabulous events.
Usually set in Australia, Carey's works address themes of nationhood and history as he satirizes contemporary social values, explores the illusory nature of reality, and self-consciously examines the art of fiction.
Robert Towers has stated that "Carey's prose can hold the ugly, the frightening, and the beautiful in uncanny suspension. It is this gift, among others, that makes him such a strong and remarkable writer.
After attending Monash University, he worked in advertising from to Carey's first major publication, the short-story collection The Fat Man in Historyappeared in ; he Peter carey Bliss, his first novel, in Carey's works have received numerous awards in both Australia and England.
Illywhacker for instance, was nominated for the Booker Prize in ; Oscar and Lucinda was awarded the Booker Prize in Major Works Most of the stories in The Fat Man in History depict individuals who experience sudden anxieties when they encounter surreal events in commonplace situations.
In others, Carey satirizes the effects of technology and foreign influences on Australian culture and society.
In Bliss, Carey centers on Harry Joy, a man who dies for nine minutes and has an out-of-body experience through which he observes family members and friends involved in unseemly activities.
Carey uses black humor and satire to examine hypocrisy, identity, and moral poverty in contemporary society.
He also analyzes the function of stories and story-tellers in a community, Peter carey the novel embeds a number of stories within the larger structure of the novel. While much of the novel is related in straightforward, realistic detail, the allegorical plot transports Carey's protagonist from the "hell" of suburban life to a mental hospital and ultimately to a blissful life in a rain forest.
Illywhacker is an expansive comic novel that relates the adventures of Herbert Badgery, a man who claims to be years old.
The novel's title is an Australian slang expression variously defined as "taleteller," trickster," "con man," and "liar," all of which describe Badgery's main talents.
The central focus of Illywhacker is the art of lying; Badgery lies constantly in order to survive and improve his life, and Carey employs lying as a metaphor for writing fiction.
The picaresque adventures of Badgery are related to Australian historical themes: Badgery was born near the time of Australia's independence from Great Britain, and the book's epigraph is a quote by Mark Twain: Oscar and Lucinda delineates the odd romance between Carey's eccentric title characters who are drawn together by their passion for gambling.
The novel begins with Oscar's childhood in rural nineteenth-century Devon, England, where he lives with his father, a renowned naturalist and a preacher in the fundamentalist Plymouth Brethren sect.
Gambling on what he believes is a sign from God, the adolescent Oscar reluctantly rebels against the teachings of his father and joins the Anglican Church. Later, at Oxford University Oscar relies on earnings from wagering on horse races to pay for his living expenses and tuition. The narrative also relates events in Lucinda's sheltered childhood in rural Australia, which ends at age eighteen with her mother's death.
She uses her inheritance to purchase a glass factory and relocate to Sydney. Lucinda's brusque country manners and active management of her factory make her an outcast in Sydney, and gambling provides her only social outlet.
After failing to engage in a more active social life during a stay in England, Lucinda meets Oscar on her return by boat to Australia, where he plans to begin a ministry. Oscar and Lucinda become involved in a strange, tragicomic love affair beset by frequent farcical misunderstandings, culminating with Oscar undertaking a horrific river journey through the Australian outback with materials for building an elaborate glass church.
Oscar and Lucinda's expansive narrative is composed of more than one-hundred short chapters, gradually unfolding plot details, odd bits of information, direct addresses to the reader, and frequent use of glass and water imagery.
The narrative also features a plethora of well-developed minor characters and authentic descriptions of nineteenth-century London, Sydney, Oxford, and rural New South Wales. Set in Sydney, Australia, The Tax Inspector centers on the Catchprice family and Maria Takis, an investigator from the Australian Taxation Office, who has been sent to review the records of the Catchprice's auto dealership.
The Catchprice family includes a bizarre group of characters: Granny Frieda Catchprice, who reported her children to the tax authorities because she feared she was going to be sent to a nursing home, is half-senile and carries explosives in her pocketbook; Frieda's middle-aged daughter Cathy dreams of becoming a country-western singer; and Frieda's year-old grandson Benny believes he is an angel.
The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith concerns themes of national and cultural identity. The novel's protagonist is a citizen of Efica, an imaginary island nation that loosely resembles Australia. Efica has been colonized and exploited by Voorstand, a colossal world power which resembles the United States.
Like those of Carey's previous works, the plot for The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith is highly convoluted; Carey also provides an extensive historical background for Efica as well as a glossary of Efican dialect. At the center of the story is the Eficans' struggle to retain their cultural identity, which the Voorstanders attack through a high-tech, semi-religious entertainment spectacle known as the Sirkus.-- Peter Carey, TheftSeriously, I LOVE Carey.
While this isn't his best, his good novels tend to kick the arse of most other writers. He is jumping on a trampoline of language while juggling multiple narratives of love, family, art and theft. Editorial Reviews. We have a great novelist living on the planet with us, and his name is Peter Carey.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review “The stuff of shimmering transparent fantasy, held together by the struts of 19th-century history and the millions of painstaking details.”/5(9).
He was referring, of course, to the gentleman employed by Henry Luce and you will note, at once, the slightly unpleasant and combative tone of the salesman but there is also so much glee contained in it, an anticipation of the joys of a difficult battle, that even a person of fine scruples.
Peter B Carey, Universitas Indonesia 5, Fakultas Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya Department, Adjunct. Studies Dutch colonial history in Indonesia, History, and Philosophy. Peter was born in Rangoon, Burma on 30 April , the second son of parents who had.
Peter Carey, Yandina, Queensland, Australia, in the seventies. When I arrived at Peter Carey’s apartment on a chilly March morning for the first of the two conversations that make up this interview, Carey took my coat and hung it up.
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