Parrot and Olivier in America

Parrot and Olivier in America

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Peter Carey

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Hardback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 43mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571253296
  • ISBN 13: 9780571253296
  • Sales rank: 55,211

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Olivier is an aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for America, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, and their picaresque travels together and apart - in love and politics, prisons and the world of art - Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.

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Author information

Peter Carey received the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda and again for True History of the Kelly Gang. His novel, Parrot and Olivier in America, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2010. His other honours include the Commonwealth Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York for twenty years.

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By Gudl Gauti Jonsson 07 Aug 2010 5

It is realy difficult to finish reading this book because you don't want to depart from the characters.