His Illegal Self

His Illegal Self

by Peter Carey

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 22/04/2015


Peter Carey is at his inventive, brilliant best in His Illegal Self, a novel about a family who, once met, will never leave you.

Che is the precocious son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties. Raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother, he yearns for his famous outlaw parents*.?* ?Soon Che too is an outlaw: fleeing down subways, abandoning seedy motels at night, he is pitched into a journey that leads him to a hippie commune in the rainforests of Queensland. Here he slowly, bravely confronts his life, learning that nothing is what it seems. Who is his real mother? Was that his real father? If all he suspects is true, what should he do??

'Reading this novel is like peering at the human heart . . . an adventure story for the modern, tormented soul.' Cathleen Schine, New York Review of Books

'Carey seems to invent himself fresh each time he publishes . . . utterly sucking a reader in.' Mark Thomas, Canberra Times

'There are times when his ability to empathise with a small child recalls, and comes close to matching, David Copperfield.' John Preston, Sunday Telegraph

'Magnificent . . . A novel of narrative complexity and blindingly direct emotion.' Boston Globe

'Psychologically astute and diabolically suspenseful . . . Carey's unique take on the conflict between the need to belong and the dream of freedom . . . is at once terrifying and mythic.' Donna Seaman, Booklist

'Brilliantly vital . . . Funny and forlorn.' James Wood, The New Yorker

'Carey is a thoroughly modern writer, smashing genre boundaries, ranging in tone from wild comedy to grim tragedy, viewing the past with a decidedly contemporary eye.' Los Angeles Times Book Review

Contemporary fiction
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
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Penguin Random House Australia
Peter Carey

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and now lives in New York. He is the author of fourteen novels (including one for children), two volumes of short stories, and two books on travel.

Amongst other prizes, Carey has won the Booker Prize twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang), the Commonwealth Writers' Prize twice (for Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang), and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs).

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