An illywhacker is a confidence trickster, and Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of this dazzling comic novel, may be the king of them all. ...Show synopsisAn illywhacker is a confidence trickster, and Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of this dazzling comic novel, may be the king of them all. Vagabond and charlatan, aviator and car salesman, seducer and patriarch, Badgery travels across a continent and a century in a novel full of outlandish encounters and dangerous characters. Overflowing with magic, jokes and inventions, Illywhacker is a contemporary classic.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 0571139493 Used Paperback inscribed...Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 0571139493 Used Paperback inscribed and dated (1990) by author. [Misleading] ISBN on cover; our stated ISBN comes off copyright page. A clean unmarked text. Volume shows wear and soiling. Upper corner of spine is bumped, as are tips.
Binding: Hardcover--quarter cloth, paper over boards
Publisher: Harper & Row,
Description:Fine / Fine. Signed by the author on the title page. Octavo, 9...Fine / Fine. Signed by the author on the title page. Octavo, 9 1/2" tall, 352 pages, blue quarter-cloth. A fine, clean, neat hard cover first edition with light shelf wear; hinges and binding tight, paper white In a fine, lightly worn dust jacket with the original price.
Description:Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Author Fine/Fine 1st edition 1st...Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Author Fine/Fine 1st edition 1st printing in an unclipped dust jacket. NO remainder mark. A lovely copy. Signed by the author.
Description:8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First US edition, first...8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First US edition, first prnt. Signed by Carey on the title page. Minimal soiling on bottom edge and foreedge; foxing on topedge, spine cloth very lightly rubbed; dustjacket with beginning toning on flap edges and interior edges, half-inch chip on rear panel upper edge. Bright and tight copy. Very Good condityion in a Very Good dustjacket with an archival cover. Actual image of the book; not a stock photo.
Description:Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed. First Edition. First Edition...Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed. First Edition. First Edition with dust jacket & SIGNED BY AUTHOR-Rare and Collectable-will send out 1st class post.
Description:New York. 1985. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In...New York. 1985. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 600 pages. August 1985. hardcover. 006015425x. Jacket painting by Robert Crawford. Inscribed by The Author. keywords: Literature Australia. inventory # 15803. FROM THE PUBLISHER-In Australian slang, an illywhacker is a country fair con man, an unprincipled seller of fake diamonds and dubious tonics. And Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of Peter Carey's uproarious novel, may be the king of them all. Vagabond and charlatan, aviator and car salesman, seducer and patriarch, Badgery is a walking embodiment of the Australian national character-especially of its proclivity for tall stories and barefaced lies. As Carey follows this charming scoundrel across a continent and a century, he creates a crazy quilt of outlandish encounters, with characters that include a genteel dowager who fends off madness with an electric belt and a ravishing young girl with a dangerous fondness for rooftop trysts. Boldly inventive, irresistibly odd, Illywhacker is further proof that Peter Carey is one of the most enchanting writers at work in any hemisphere. Peter Philip Carey AO (born 7 May 1943) is an Australian novelist, known primarily for being one of only four writers to have won the Booker Prize twice—the others being J. M. Coetzee, J. G. Farrell and Hilary Mantel. Carey won his first Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda, and won for the second time in 2001 with True History of the Kelly Gang. In May 2008 he was nominated for the Best of the Booker Prize. Carey has won the Miles Franklin Award three times and is frequently named as Australia's next contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to writing fiction, he collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders and is executive director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York.
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