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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (9 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571209793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571209798
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 751,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The debut novel from twice Booker Prize-winner, Peter Carey, author of Amnesia, Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang. Beautiful Faber Firsts edition to commemorate Faber's 80th Anniversary. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Twice winner of the Booker Prize, Peter Carey's most recent novel Parrot and Olivier in America was described by the New Yorker as 'a comic masterpiece' and by the Sunday Times as 'an exhilarating tour-de-force'. It was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and a National Book Award in 2010.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scarlett on 30 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
Harry Joy is an advertising executive who thinks he has died and gone to Hell (and with the life and family he has that's not surprising). Harry is not in Hell though - he's simply had a heart attack followed by successful surgery. However, now his mind is in questionning and mistrusting mode he can finally see what going on in the world and how wrong some of it is. Harry tries to set about 'being Good', but that's harder than it seems.

This is an original, insightful and quirky book, positively strange in places, sometimes fun, but always poetically written. At one or two points I wondered if I was actually enjoying it, but having reached the end I'm very glad I did. Thought provoking and definitely worth a read.
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Harry Joy, who suffers a heart attack right at the beginning of the novel, is before this moment a closed-eye fun loving (and liked by everbody around him) guy with a very strange family, considering that his wife has an affair with his companion, which is pervetedly beaten by his daughter, by her constantly paying off her brother's deliveries of marijuana with oral sex. All of this is not seen by Harry Joy.
After reanimation and successful heart surgery, Harry returns to his life, all of a sudden seeing things he had previously not seen, making him think that he has actually returned to hell.
Many strange happenings occur, Harry is taken to mental hospital, Harry's new girlfriend (and ex-part-time-whore) Honey Barbara eventually moves in with Harry and his children, still wife and her new lover, the level of Peter Carey's imagination is nearly surrealistic. His humor is scathing, coarse, dark and wry. There are many moments when there is no possiblity to refrain from laughing out aloud. Nevertheless, this novel is perhaps a bit too much time-referenced to the time of it's making, the mid-eighties, with Carey inventing (and making fun of) a kind of post-hippie situation. The only moment which makes me a wee bit unhappy is the in my opinion overpainted moment before the coda (which is the last chapter). Imaginative writing, brilliant ideas, a surrealistic great fun read it definetely is, a virtuoso performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. R. Briant on 13 Sep 2009
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I loved this from the start. It's setting is in many ways more ordinary and simpler than many of his other novels, but this brought it home. There are some great ideas in here that leave you thinking long after you put the book down. one of my favourite novels, not just from Mr. Carey.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan 1999
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In my view, this is Peter Carey's best novel. A sublime mix of social comment, wit and drama. I'm not going to say anything about the plot as it's so good I wouldn't want to spoil a single page!
Not quite as outlandish as his later novels, and all the more enjoyable for it.
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