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Peter Carey
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5 Aug 2004

The day that Benny Catchprice was fired from the spare parts department of Catchprice Motors by his aunt Cathy was also the day that the Tax Inspector, Maria Takis, arrived to begin her long-overdue audit of the family business.

But this is no ordinary investigation. Maria is eight months' pregnant, Granny Catchprice is at war with her offspring, and Benny, her grandson, wants to become an angel . . .

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571166326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571166329
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The Tax Inspector is a major work in style and vision...[Carey is] in the prime of his creative life..." --"The Montreal Gazette "The sheer exuberance and heightened visual power of Mr. Carey's prose is, sentence by sentence, as brilliant and pleasurable as ever, no matter how dark his vision." --"The Globe and Mail ""The Tax Inspector is a lurid, funny, gritty novel." --"Jay McInerney -- -- --

About the Author

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria and now lives in New York. He is the author of twelve previous novels, three short story collections and two books on travel. Among other prizes, he has won the Booker Prize twice, the Commonwealth Writers Prize twice and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book knowing nothing about it, but from the first moment, I knew I was going to love this.
Take a trip into the world of the Catchprices, a disparate, disfuntional family. With a twisted half angel half demon, a hare krishna, a country and western singer and Granny Catchprice the matriarch, the would-be flower grower; all living within the dark and desperate confines of their car-selling business. Their lives are turned upside down and inside out by a well-meaning, heavily pregnant tax-inspector.
This book takes a long hard look at families and their conections, and how the past will always catch you up! It is about hidden secrets and dark histories, and is not always an easy read. But the language in this book is simply breathtaking. It is both simple and profound, but also highly complex and sophisticated. And is simply amazing.
Read this book. It is dark at times, but is never morbid or depressing. Truly beautiful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had no pre-concieved ideas about this book. Good job too. Nothing could have prepared me for the plot, nor the great array of characters. At first I thought of them as dysfunctional-but then started to see some familiar threads with 'real' people!
Almost Auster-esque in content at times, this is one of those books that at once disturbs and fascinates. And for me some 4 months later still find myself thinking about it. Especially the ending. Brilliant. How can people write this stuff?
Go on. Try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal 7 Jan 2003
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This book is simply phenomenal. I've just finished it for the second time, and once again it grips you and fills you with dread, right up to the last page. The characters are sharply drawn and totally believable, and the build up of suspense is unbearable at times.
This is a fabulous book that deserves more stars than five!
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every book he writes draws you in ........I find them hard to put down........had read this many years ago..and still happy to revisit.
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There are so many mistakes in this e-publication that I don't know if I can be bothered continuing to read it. Don't e-publishers provide a proofreading service?
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