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Oscar and Lucinda

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This novel tells the story of Oscar Hopkins, an Oxford seminarian with a passion for gambling and Lucinda Leplastrier, a Sydney heiress with a ... Show synopsis

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CaptainFez

Ignore the movie: this is better

by CaptainFez on Apr 2, 2007

Peter Carey's wonderful historical fiction Oscar and Lucinda is something that some readers may pass by because of the average treatment it received in the cinemas. Pass by at your peril - it's a great read (though occasionally a bit off, researchwise) that speaks of gamblers, gambling and the opening up of Australia, over a century ago. Carey, a former advertising bod, has a simple, clear style that manages to convey something of the interconnectedness of life without sounding either preachy or smug. With a structure that mimics Patrick White's Voss, Oscar and Lucinda is a gambling-and-glassworks wonder, with more life on the page than on the screen.

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