Bliss (FF Classics) Paperback – 9 Apr 2001
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Bliss: 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.
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Not quite as outlandish as his later novels, and all the more enjoyable for it.
A deftly written novel that has shades of McEwan, Amis and even A.M. Homes and it’s no surprise that Peter Carey went onto become as successful and popular as he is now.
The book opens with Harry Joy, an advertising executive, having an out-of-body experience as he "dies" from a heart attack. When he comes back to life, he is convinced that he is in Hell. Since his wife is having an affair with his business partner, his son is selling drugs, and his daughter is a sexually precocious junkie, it is easy to see why Harry is convinced that his life is Hell and why he feels a captive to it. As he seeks enlightenment, he meets Honey Barbara, an environmentally conscious prostitute with a heart of green.
Carey's satire here includes the vagaries of religious doctrine, the absurdities of police procedure, the abuses of the mental health "industry" and its institutions, the fear of Communist conspiracies, and even of the trustee selection process for the State Gallery, which draws from "the very inner circle of society." It is lots of fun to read, with some laugh-out-loud funny scenes, but its thematic punch seems to have dulled a bit over time. Mary Whipple
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2009 by Mr. O. R. Briant
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... Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2008 by Carlos F.
I found this book disappointing, after the fantastic, gripping, rollicking stories of Jack Maggs and Oscar & Lucinda. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2004 by Mark Tierney