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 synopsisThis novel tells the story of Oscar Hopkins, an Oxford seminarian with a passion for gambling and Lucinda Leplastrier, a Sydney heiress with a fascination for glass. The year is 1865. When they meet on the boat to Australia their lives will be changed forever...Peter Carey is the author of "The Fat Man in History", "Bliss" which won the Miles Franklin Award and the NSW Premier Award, and "Illywhacker", which was shortlisted for the 1985 Booker prize.Hide synopsis
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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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