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From polished drawing rooms to sooty rooftop garrets, Peter Carey's vivid novel takes you into a Dickensian world filled with intrigue and eccentricity. This exceptional work from a Booker Prize-winning author has captured awards and top places on best seller lists in Europe and America.
"Uncommonly exciting and engaging. As much as anyone now writing, Peter Carey is a master of storytelling. His empathy with his characters, combined with his psychological sharp-sightedness, has them almost jumping off the page in full human complexity. An especial bonus is his style. Vivid, exact, unexpected images and language match the quick, witty intelligence flickering through this novel, and make it a triumph of ebullient indictment, humane insight, and creative generosity." (Sunday Times [London])
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By Kathleen on 04-04-05
I have been fascinated by this book. The story has surprised me many times by not taking the expected direction. It's complex and the vocabulary is thrilling. The story takes you to an interesting time period, Spring, 1837. The historical details are riveting. I want to read many more books by this author.
And, my emotions are engaged. I really care about Jack, and the others. It is tragic and moving; funny and hopeful; scary and homey. Quite an accomplishment.
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By A Reader on 07-15-07
not exactly Dickens
I enjoyed this book and found the characters interesting and compelling. Since it was compared so much to Dickens novels and is definitely based in the same world and time period, I expected more friendship and hope even in a city of poverty and cons. Carey goes into places of the character's minds that Dickens would not have gone. this is not a bad thing at all; it is most probably more realistic. My only complaint was that I felt the character of Jack Maggs switched back and forth too often and too quickly between an enraged, threatening criminal and a good-hearted, wronged man.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful