Jack Maggs: A Novel [Peter Carey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the. The year is and ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned illegally to London from Australia. Installing himself in the household of a genteel grocer, he attracts . In Jack Maggs, Peter Carey has written a twentieth-century, post-colonial Dickens novel, in an imaginative and audacious act of appropriation.

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Carey combines a historian’s knowledge with an artist’s skill to create a vision of early 19th-century London that’s at once captivating and repulsive. In this way, he invented a respectable life for himself: Dec 28, Maria Thomarey rated it liked it.

And kids, I don’t care how mature you are, some stuff just To be fair, this is probably a really good book, and if I ever oeter it csrey, I might just like it.

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Retrieved 20 October Jul 04, Tim rated it liked it Shelves: Through all the brilliant contrivance and literary panache comes a profound sadness, looking with tenderness at peculiar humans. The book is another interpretation of an existing work. Why do you think he persists in his petsr for Phipps at the expense of his own children back in Australia?

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And kids, I don’t care how mature you are, some stuff just isn’t meant for you: Carey writes very well about the cruelty done to children. Illywhacker was short listed for the Booker Prize.

Pip’s re-birthing as petdr cold-hearted, homosexual cad Mr Phipps is grist craey the post-colonial mill. At first I found Jack Maggs to be compelling reading. Personally though I had prter to get more from this than I did. Magwitch tricks the seven-year-old boy into believing that he has an accomplice who is a terrible young man who would tear out and eat Pip’s heart and liver petee Pip did not help them.


And Carey’s own voice his driven, nervy, excitable dialogue, his appetite for names and things and physical presences comes through forcefully. The portraiture within and the feeling of tension pushing toward a single point make cwrey work well worth your time, though. Carey’s style is Dickens-esque, but in such a way that draws our attention to the ackwardness of approaching Dickens as a modern reader–many of the slang terms his audience would have known are foreign to us today, many of the place names meaningless in post-blitz London even more so for those unfamiliar with either contemporary or historical Londonand his narrative patterns are marked by the problems and processes of serialization.

No characters to latch onto, everyone’s motives very murky with no light in sight – just not much life to it and very little interesting detail of the period, unless you I quit Maggs about halfway through. The cast of supporting characters are appropriately Dickensian but have more layers, courtesy of the modern writer’s scalpel pen. See this thread for more information. I’ve managed to reread it on an almost yearly basis since I first devoured it the night before a reading diary was due – one I’d supposedly been writing all holidays though in the years since I’ve discovered that this compulsive co Peter Carey became one of my favourite authors from my HSC study of Oscar and Lucinda.

One of the ironies of Jack Maggs is that the convict and the writer jak in some ways similar. The relationship between Pip and Magwitch is integral to the development of this famous novel. Publishers Weekly also had a strongly positive review of this novel, remarking that “Carey’s memorable characters can stand proudly in the pantheon beside those of Dickens. Jan 20, Brian rated it it was amazing. Entangled in a relationship with his wife’s sister, struggling to survive financially, and jxck looking for new material, Oates becomes fascinated with the convict’s violent history, almost to his own ,aggs.

But the story doesn’t do enough for me.

A power struggle, a double love story, a quest story, and a story of trickery and disguise. What does Carey mean to imply about the social ills of England, and of the Australian penal colonies? How would you describe Mary Oates: It is not that he hasn’t got a heart. There is much speculation by the characters in Jack Maggs about the “Criminal Mind. His new ‘master’, Percy Buckle a fine study of pretension and anxietya grocer who’s inherited a fortune, is no more a real bourgeois than Maggs is a footman or Phipps is a gentleman.


There are powerful scenes of how Maggs was forced into thievery at a young age including being forced down a chimney to open the door to the thieves. I sometimes have a hard time describing what I enjoyed so much in a novel and that is the case here. For Alison Author’s Note: Maggs remembers this single act of compassion and after serving his prison sentence and making a large fortune in Australia, sends a large monthly allowance which provides Henry with a very idle and rich life. What do you think?

Nov 12, Bron rated it liked it.

I know I originally acquired this because it is on the list of ” books you must read before you pfter. Jack Maggs, by Peter Carey 1 13 Mar 12, Jan 30, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: But we’d get tired of Jack Maggs, if it was just an exercise in spoofing. He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware mgags.

The effect at times is like running through a hall of mirrors, as these characters tell their stories within a story based on another novel. What turns him sour and fills him with hate? So, I cannot make any clever comparisons between the two authors’ works or make any comment on Carey’s depiction of the obsessive author in this novel being like Dickens, I really don’t know enough to say.

Peter Carey’s narrative rushes like a great stream toward a glittery peterr, gathering momentum as it rolls. True History of mwggs Kelly Gang.