Friday, August 13, 2010

Oscar and Lucinda | Peter Carey

There is a visual richness in this book, a sumptuous to read. I loved the easy way in which Carey’s writing translates so well into my imagination. It’s the story of Oscar Hopkins, an Anglican priest and Lucinda Leplastrier who has bought a glass factory. On the boat over to Australia they find out they are both compulsive gamblers. Lucinda bets Oscar that he cannot transport a glass church from Sydney to Bellingen, a remote settlement four hundred kilometres away. This bet changes their lives for ever. The Australian landscape and Carey’s style are moving and engrossing. The story is well told as are most of Carey’s books. 

Well worth a read. And the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett is wonderful.

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