Parrot and Olivier in America
4 journalers for this copy...
Bought this one for Fleebo's 2010 Booker Challenge. Looking forward to it.
I wonder if it will be the winner and give Carey his 3rd win?!
The cover is slightly different to the one registered.
ETA 31 Oct 2010
Well this one didn't give Carey his 3rd win.
I can see why it was nominated - well researched and well written. I thought Carey really fleshed out the characters of Parrot and Olivier, even if I was very irritated by Olivier most of the time. Such a parady of a French Auristocrate. He provides quite a bit of the humour in the book, if your in the right mood for it.
I can also see why it might not have won - I seemed to really slog through this book, found it ponderous compared with others of Carey's like Jack Maggs and The True History of The Kelly Gang.
Looking forward to seeing what others think.
On to goodthinkingmax!
I don't think Goodthinkingmax or Freepages are going to talk to me after this!
Yes ,I do have the book, and I have been 'reading' it since Easter this year. And worse still, I'm only up to page 320.
And I was rather enjoying it too.
I am so sorry ladies. It was sheer tardiness that got me into this mess...
Now, I know that TQD has her own copy of the book, and I did actually contact Livrecache and ask her if she wanted it next, but didn't get a reply.
So, would you like me to post this book on home to you instead Freepages?
I am ashamed of myself...
The well traveled Parrot and Olivier have arrived back in Canberra, safe and sound.
Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks to Jubby for sending them home.
I hope everyone got something worthwhile from the read :)
It's inspired me to look into Alexis de Tocqueville's life a little more, must have been very eccentric to inspire the Olivier character.
I'll have a look at petercareybooks.com for the bibliography. I don't agree with Carey in his Acknowledgements that a bibliography is "as useful to a reader of a novel as a hammer is to a dolphin", even if that is a humorous image :)