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How often do you find yourself multiply re-reading sentences, phrases, even pages- not for the sake of understanding it, but out of sheer joy of re-enjoying the just-read phrases, sentences and pages. Not all too often, I would think. Peter Carey's writing is so exuberantly enjoyable, that there is actually no way avoiding multiple re-reading, enjoying the prose melt on your tongue. Scenes, sentences, phrases, which I just wanted to read to my friends, but where to start, each and every page is just full of excerpts you want to share with others.
"Theft: A Love Story" is the tale of two brothers, one of them a previously well known painter, now taking care of his art dealer's offbeat located home, also taking care of his huge and "slow" brother Hugh. It's a tale of love too, of brotherly love- they just don't seem to be able to live with each other, but obviously can't live without each other either. The story is told in turn (chapterwise) by the two brothers, and although both are rather huffy, grumpy characters (brothers all the way), who both really seem to have a ball verbally whacking each other, it is, due to master ventriloquist Peter Carey's intriguing prose, easy to recognize, whose narrative we are reading at that moment. Of course, the "Love Story" mentioned as un undertitle is the love story of Marlene (who walks into the lives of Michael and Hugh one rainy night, starting off the story there) and Michael.Read more ›
The story was written half from one brother's point of view, half from the other's. Whilst I could read the one half, I just couldn't read the other brother Hugh's bits. It wound me up so much that I just couldn't carry on reading it. I think I managed nearly half of it. I tried reading just the "nice" bits, but couldn't really follow the story enough.
For me it was truly an uncomfortable and awkward read.
Butcher, recently released from prison after trying to steal back his own paintings, which were declared "marital assets" during a nasty divorce, is now living in northern New South Wales, as caretaker for the property of his biggest collector. He is also the full-time caretaker of his brother, "Hugh the Poet and Hugh the Murderer, Hugh the Idiot Savant."
When Butcher rescues Marlene Leibovitz from her partially submerged car during a flood, the "chance" meeting has long-range consequences. Marlene is the wife of Olivier Leibovitz, son of Jacques Leibovitz, a world-class artist whose paintings are nearly priceless. She has the power to authenticate Leibovitz paintings (the "droit moral") and effectively controls the Liebovitz market as undocumented paintings surface. She has arrived to document the "Leibovitz" belonging to Butcher's next door neighbor, a painting which promptly disappears.Read more ›
We meet Butcher and Hugh in the small outback town of Bellingen, where they're living in a house belonging to Butcher's patron, Jean-Paul, maintaining it for him whilst Butcher paints. Into their life crashes Marlene, a woman Butcher assumes is American, trying to get to Butcher's neighbour, Dozy (who owns the Leibowitz painting) in order to authenticate it. When the painting later goes missing, it's Butcher who is suspected of the crime and he's forced to return to Sydney, where he again meets up with Marlene and when she tells him she can help revitalise his career with a show in Tokyo, they become lovers and embark on a journey that takes them to Tokyo and Manhattan. On the way, Butcher and Hugh learn more about the Leibowitz family and Marlene's connection to them and also the dark scam at the heart of the story.
Carey is a lyrical writer and he excels at setting scenes and creating a sense of place.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a helter-skelter read made wilder by the two contrasting narrative voices of the artist Michael Boone and his brother Hugh who suffers from a ‘folded brain’, the Australian... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr R
Similar to the Illywhacker in that it leaps from crisis to crisis and means you can't put it down. Lots of humour as well as vitriol, mostly directed at the art world (dealers and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jenny Hallam
A tremendous story of love and art. I was inspired to buy a painting.Published 14 months ago by SusieBo
The over-the-top style of this book reminds me a little of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, with its crazed lead character Ignatius J. Reilly. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2013 by John Fitzpatrick
Take a little bit of the movie Dominick & Eugene, plus a pinch of Of Mice and Men, throw in a dash of Les Miserables add a magnificent high-stakes art theft, murder and an... Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by Red Rock Bookworm
Butcher Bones is an artist who has fallen from grace and unfortunately also out of fashion. He is divorced, has no income, and all of his paintings are being held hostage by his... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2012 by neverendings
I hate not finishing a book. I'm not sure I've ever read so little of a book, 13%, before abandoning it. Read morePublished on 15 July 2011 by SJJ
I found this book beautifully written, extremely moving and completely absorbing. I found it very hard to put down, and with a toddler in the house it wasn't easy to find the... Read morePublished on 12 May 2011 by Molliemouse
I felt as though i should enjoy this book, all the elements appeared to be there - but i didnt. I just found it a little unforgiving and couldnt really get to care about the... Read morePublished on 13 July 2010 by sarah adams