Australian novelist Carey presents an extravagantly picaresque tale of a vaguely futuristic and very bizarre world.
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Carey creates a fully realized parallel universe in this unusual novel set in Efica, an island nation under the political and cultural domination of the larger Voorstand. Part Bildungsroman, part political allegory, and part meditation on identity, this novel traces the first 23 years of Tristan, its eponymous narrator, a hideously deformed dwarf and son of actress Felicity Smith (the head of a radical theater company and champion of Efican culture). In the novel's first half, Tristan tells of his early adventures with the company, culminating with Felicity's fatal foray into politics. In the second, he recounts his later travels in Voorstand in search of Bill Millefleur, an actor he believes to be his father. This inventive, multilayered work should only add to Carey's already considerable reputation. Highly recommended.
Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A wierd and funny, but in the end, profound book. Carey shows us our world through the eyes of a deformed child. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 1999
I read this book 2.5 years ago, but just decided to pick it up again for a re-read. I loved the development of fictional countries and language. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 1999
I just wanted to read something in English, so last summer I decided to buy this book. What a mistake! Read morePublished on May 12 1999