The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures.
This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.
About the Author
Peter Carey was born in 1943 in Bacchus Marsh, Australia, and was educated at Geelong Grammar School. He is the author of a collection of stories and five novels. He lives in New York City and teaches at New York University.
“We have a great novelist living on the planet with us, and his name is Peter Carey.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“The stuff of shimmering transparent fantasy, held together by the struts of 19th-century history and the millions of painstaking details.” —Time
“A kind of rollercoaster ride . . . .The reader emerges . . . gasping, blinking, reshaped in a hundred ways, conscious that the world is never going to look the same again.” —The Washington Post Book World
Carey luxuriates in language . . . . [Oscar & Lucinda is] a brilliant success.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“It is Thomas Wolfe one is reminded of most when reading Peter Carey . . . they share that magnificent vitality, that ebullient delight in character, detail and language that turns a novel into an important book.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[Oscar & Lucinda] is very, very hard to put down. There are many pleasures to be had here, chief among them the author’s gift for telling fascinating, entertaining stories . . . . Like the characters of Charles Dickens and Honoré de Balzac, Mr. Carey’s creations are real in the simplest human sense.” —Washington Times
“A commanding writer with laser eye for detail and luxuriant narrative gifts.” —Wall Street Journal
“Peter Carey is to Sydney what Joyce was to Dublin . . . an absolute master of language and storytelling.” —Thomas Keneally
“Carey can write. He is funny, humane, and profound.” —The Literary Review (London)
“The well of talent from which Peter Carey draws his tales produces work as sweet and refreshing as a mineral spring . . . . Carey nears the summit occupied by Borges and Pynchon and a very few others.” —Harlan Ellison
“[Carey] works a literary territory all his own, combining elements of absurdism, black humor, social satire and old-fashioned family saga . . . a pleasure.” —Miami Herald