Jack Maggs

Jack Maggs

by Peter Carey

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

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The year is 1837 and ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned illegally to London from Australia. Installing himself in the household of a genteel grocer, he attracts the attention of a cross-section of society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate. Writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. Maggs, a figure both frightening and mysteriously compelling, is so in thrall to the notion of a gentlemanly class that he's risked his life to come back to his torturers. His task is to shed his false consciousness and understand that his true destiny lies in Australia.


'A profound exploration of the intertwinings of fiction and life . . . a ravishing book.' Geoffrey Dutton, The Australian


'A work of extraordinary, inventive energy, hazarding territory where few writers dare to go.' Helen Daniel, The Age


'Wildly entertaining . . . Clever, amusing, absorbing . . . with dark, succulent, dense, pungent, knobbly, inscrutable characters every one of whom might have come from a Dickens novel.' New York Review of Books


'Radiant. Peter Carey's narrative rushes like a great stream toward a glittery falls, gathering momentum as it rolls.' Boston Globe


'Everything that can happen does in Jack Maggs . . . You shouldn't plan on leaving your chair until you're finished.' Baltimore Sun


'Strange, bold, gripping and wonderful . . . A power struggle, a double love story, a quest story, and a story of trickery and disguise.' Hermione Lee, The Observer

ISBN:
9781743484340
9781743484340
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
22-04-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
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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