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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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He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School. This conflict is threaded into a spider’s web of life-stories in which no one is who they seem, Everyone is caught between the desire to keep their secrets and the urge to confess. Carey is an Australian author and although this is an homage, it is also, I think a counterblast and a spot of revenge done with a good deal of verve and panache.

Aug 07, Sylvester rated it it was ok. Maggs I loved this book! Published by Plon first published 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.

Oates claims to know of a “thief-taker” who can track down anyone in England. Jack Maggs does not fail to satisfy on that level – and it is about a tenth the size of most of its kin. However the novel has something intangible missing, that something that makes you think about the novel and what it had to say for days or weeks afterwards.

Jack Maggs, by Peter Carey 1 13 Mar 12, I quit Maggs about halfway through. Like all the best parody, this is written out of a mixture of love and antagonism. 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 find mesmerism fascinating.


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At the heart of the novel is the battle for mastery between Maggs and Oates. Oates also provides a window into the world of memory. His task is to shed his false consciousness and understand that peteer true destiny lies in Australia.

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He eventually cuts a deal with the young and broke up-and-coming novelist Tobias Oates a thinly disguised Charles Dickens that he hopes will lead him to Phipps. With a passion he barely understood himself, he named it, mapped it, widened its great streets, narrowed its dingy lanes, framed its scenes with the melancholy windows of his childhood.

What turns him sour and fills him with hate? When Jack finds his adopted son’s house empty, he takes employment next door in the chaotic household of a bookish caey, who’s looking for a footman of exactly the right height to complete a matching set.

The plot has many twists and turns with many well-drawn characters. The year is and ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned illegally to London from Australia.

Jack Maggs Reader’s Guide

Peter Carey’s latest novel, “Jack Maggs,” roars by with all the beauty and violence of a summer thunderstorm. This is Abel Magwitch who meets young Pip at a graveyard. View all 6 comments. The portraiture within and the feeling of tension pushing toward a single point make this work well worth your time, though.

Pip’s re-birthing as the cold-hearted, homosexual cad Mr Phipps is grist to the post-colonial mill. Entangled in a relationship with his wife’s sister, struggling to survive financially, and always looking for new material, Oates becomes magbs with the convict’s violent history, almost to his own undoing. Struck by a devastating attack of pain during his first official duty, Jack receives treatment by a dinner guest, Toby Oates, a wildly popular novelist and amateur practitioner of animal magnetism.


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Apr 13, Michael Shilling rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Definitely a petet of compelling characters, again both building off the foundation Dickens laid in Great Expectations, but clearly reworked from a cqrey standpoint–postcolonial, post-Freudian, postmodern, etc.

Seeking a man at an abandoned house, he is taken on as a footman at the house next door, merely because of his height. For what crimes, real or imagined, do Oates and Maggs feel the most guilt and shame? Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books.

Your subscription to Read More was successful. Pardoned and prosperous in New South Wales, but still under penalty of death if discovered in England, the fearless Jack Maggs steps out of a coach jacm evening in London to search for Henry Phipps, the boy he had left behind years before.

It was easy to read and very enjoyable. He just wonders whether he’ll be up to catching it.

Jack Maggs by Peter Carey – Penguin Books Australia

Jack Maggs by Peter Carey. Strong characters and vivid descriptions of Victorian London made this a quick and very enjoyable read. 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.