"Parrot and Olivier in America "has been shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author comes an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early nineteenth-century America. Olivier--an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville--is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution ...Read More"Parrot and Olivier in America "has been shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author comes an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early nineteenth-century America. Olivier--an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville--is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected by an enigmatic one-armed marquis. When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States--ostensibly to make a study of the penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from one more revolution--Parrot will be there, too: as spy for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, between their picaresque adventures apart and together--in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and brave new lands--a most unlikely friendship begins to take hold. And with their story, Peter Carey explores the experiment of American democracy with dazzling inventiveness and with all the richness and surprise of characterization, imagery, and language that we have come to expect from this superlative writer.Read Less
Fine in very good dust jacket. UK first impression of the book that nearly won the 2010 Booker (many suggest it should have). Fine with some page tanning in VG unclipped jacket with a small nick to top of spine. Faber 2010. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0.
Fine in fine dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF THIS BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST + LIKE NEW CONDITION + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 400 p. Audience: General/trade.
Very Good+ in Very Good+, Not Price Clipped jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) Complete number line from 1 to 9; signed and dated May 7, 2010 by Peter Carey on the title page with no inscription; minor wear; otherwise a solid, clean copy in collectible condition.
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