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"Carey has twice won the Man Booker Prize and by all rights should be nominated for a third for "Parrot and Olivier in America," a novel as big and bold as the country itself. This work showcases Carey at his finest, bringing together all his considerable strengths and obsessions . . . Carey [is] a sheer magician with language . . . He delivers a riot of unexpected plot twists and pleasures . . . An utter tour de force . . . Columbus might have discovered America, but with this new novel, Carey gives us the thrill of discovering his adopted home--our adopted home--all over again."--"Miami Herald""Another feat of acrobatic ventriloquism, joining Carey's masterpieces, "Jack Maggs "and "True History of the Kelly Gang ." . . Carey's most marvelous invention is Tocqueville's traveling companion, Parrot . . . It's a brilliant alteration of history and a source of rich comedy . . . Outrageous and witty." --Ron Charles, "Washington Post"" """Parrot and Olivier "is amusing and wise and graceful to a degree that we almost don't deserve."--Laura Miller, "Salon" "Peter Carey re-imagines Alexis de Tocqueville's American journey with a verve that is nothing short of captivating. "Parrot and Olivier "is a rollicking debate about America and its opportunities, its society and class distinctions. Carey's characters and landscapes breathe, resulting in a work that one hates to see come to an end . . . It is one timely work of historical fiction."--"Denver Post" "Carey is as various, often as brilliant, and always as irreverent as they come . . . Mischievous but with a serious underlay.""--"Richard Eder, "Boston Globe"" ""Carey braids his story carefully, lovingly. It has all his telltale favorite elements--lawlessness, revolution, hope for the future, men driven by passion. At its heart, "Parrot and Olivier "is a western; the simplest story in history, sculpted down to a twinkle in a philosopher's eye: Man's search for free --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Twice winner of the Booker Prize, Peter Carey's most recent novel Parrot and Olivier in America was described by the New Yorker as 'a comic masterpiece' and by the Sunday Times as 'an exhilarating tour-de-force'. It was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and a National Book Award in 2010. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description