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Oscar and Lucinda: Carey, Peter

Oscar and Lucinda

Carey, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0571148123 / ISBN 13: 9780571148127
Editore: Faber & Faber, Limited, London, United Kingdom, 1988
Condizione: Good Rilegato
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Titolo: Oscar and Lucinda

Casa editrice: Faber & Faber, Limited, London, United Kingdom

Data di pubblicazione: 1988

Legatura: Hardcover

Condizione libro:Good

Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good

Edizione: 1st Edition

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This novel tells the story of Oscar Hopkins, an Oxford seminarian with a passion for gambling and Lucinda Leplastrier, a Sydney heiress with a fascination for glass. The year is 1865. When they meet on the boat to Australia their lives will be changed forever...Peter Carey is the author of "The Fat Man in History", "Bliss" which won the Miles Franklin Award and the NSW Premier Award, and "Illywhacker", which was shortlisted for the 1985 Booker prize.

Review:

Oscar Hopkins is a high-strung preacher's kid with hydrophobia and noisy knees. Lucinda Leplastrier is a frizzy-haired heiress who impulsively buys a glass factory with the inheritance forced on her by a well-intentioned adviser. In the early parts of this lushly written book, author Peter Carey renders the seminal turning points in his protagonists' childhoods as exquisite 19th-century set pieces. Young Oscar, denied the heavenly fruit of a Christmas pudding by his cruelly stern father, forever renounces his father's religion in favor of the Anglican Church. "Dear God," Oscar prays, "if it be Thy will that Thy people eat pudding, smite him!" Lucinda's childhood trauma involves a beautiful doll bought by her struggling mother with savings from the jam jar; in a misguided attempt to tame the doll's unruly curls, young Lucinda mutilates her treasure beyond repair. Neither of these coming-of-age stories quite explains how the grownup Oscar and Lucinda each develop a guilty passion for gambling. Oscar plays the horses while at school, and Lucinda, now an orphaned heiress, finds comfort in a game of cards with an odd collection of acquaintances. When the two finally meet, on board a ship bound for New South Wales, they are bound by their affinity for risk, their loneliness, and their awkwardly blossoming (but unexpressed) mutual affection. Their final high-stakes folly--transporting a crystal palace of a church across (literally) godforsaken terrain--strains plausibility, and events turn ghastly as Oscar plays out his bid for Lucinda's heart. Yet even the unconvincing plot turns are made up for by Carey's rich prose and the tale's unpredictable outcome. Although love proves to be the ultimate gamble for Oscar and Lucinda, the story never strays too far from the terrible possibility that even the most thunderstruck lovers can remain isolated in parallel lives.

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