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  1. Jaline Jaline says:

    ”In order that I exist two gamblers one Obsessive the other Compulsive must meet A door must open at a certain time” The narrator is the great grandson of Oscar Hopkins and in this passage there followed an explanation of the other criteria that were necessary for Oscar and Lucinda to have met which ultimately led to the family line surviving through the generations resulting in his own birth Although the narrator never named himself once but only once someone in his story called him ‘Bob’ Whether this was a nickname or just an off the cuff catch all name we don’t know This is because this story isn’t about the narrator and although he tells the story he effectively keeps himself out of it except for that one tiny and isolated reference The Odd Bod’s face was ghastly a mask carved out of white soap and you did not need to be a mind reader to know that God was sending him to New South Wales This happened on 22 April 1863 My great grandfather was twenty two years old Odd Bod was the nickname a school chum had given to Oscar Hopkins; initially as an insult but later as an address of some affection Oscar is a character so naïve in many ways so pure of mind and heart that his oddness and strange habits become endearing This is not a short story – it is a long involved sometimes convoluted one – and yet I wanted I grew to care deeply about Oscar and Lucinda as well as many of their friends and acuaintances in the area of Australia known as New South Wales This story has so many layers of depth and yet it rollicks along with subtle humour and gave cause for me to stop and reflect Often Dennis Hasset looked at the eyes and knowing how eyes worked was astonished not for the first time at the infinite complexity of Creation wondering how this thing this instrument for seeing could transmit so clearly its entreaty while at the same time – Look I am only an eye – deny that it was doing anything of the sort This novel stands out for so many reasons both blatant and subtle and yet as I look back on my time spent with this story it was so tightly and cleverly woven that it is nearly impossible to say “this stands out” or “that stands out”For me the entire experience of reading this novel stands out – all of it – the characters the plot the writing stirred in with wit and wisdom all are like a home cooked spaghetti sauce a far vast and intricate taste sensation than the individual ingredients added to the pot

  2. mark monday mark monday says:

    technicolor and wide screen in scale and spectacle uirky and consistently surprising in characterization and incident virtually a catalog of bizarre imagery you are there historical detail and way off center characters so many beautiful seuences linger on in the mind so many wonderful characters such a surprising lightness of tone such gorgeous prose it all almost but not uite causes the reader to forget the bleakness at this novel's core strange compassionate and finally transcendent oh the beautiful tragedy of it all there are so many wonderfully odd and evocative parts evocative an overused word but it fits this novel Carey is a generous and intelligent writer one who does not stint on detail so much of it at times some descriptive passages seem to be bursting at the seams and one who also knows exactly when dry deadpan dialogue is reuired although a tragic story perhaps it is also a mordantly amusing one as well the title characters of Oscar and Lucinda are bold creations they are endearing despite themselves Carey does not try to stack the deck by making them too loveable for me one of the absorbing things about their individual characterizations was seeing the difference between an obsessive gambler Oscar and a compulsive gambler Lucinda i also loved how this novel places gender and race dynamics at the forefront but does not breathe down the reader's neck contstantly with the injustice of it all crazy Oscar and crazy Lucinda are rebels against society who don't particularly realize their own rebellious nature they just know that they are somehow different they don't particularly understand how society puts down blacks women and innovative suare pegs but at some level at times an unconscious one they recognize injustice and try to fight against it in their own small ways they are Beautiful Losers beautiful novel

  3. Kristina Kristina says:

    For the past few years I've thought about endings a lot I've excused a lot of novels esp contemporary ones for bad or unsatisfying endings Some novels end in a way that goes against all you've learned from the novel; others just stop Then there are the conservative endings of Victorian novels that many scholars complain shut down or tidy the subversive or threatening ideas raised in the novel Lately I've found myself arguing against this complaint because even if a novel ends conservatively I don't think that erases what's come before it After all you don't read just to get to the end do you? That's one reason I find it annoying when people complain Victorian novels are too long are you just reading in order to finish? One of the students in my Victorian novel class complained that Dickens's BLEAK HOUSE ended at all she said in a wistful way that proclaimed her love for the novel that she was disappointed because she thought it would never endAnd then once in a while there comes an ending that makes you believe in endings again Many people here on GoodReads did not like the ending of this novel which I understand It is deeply unsettling and unexpected even though you realize when you get there that the novel sets you up for it for some time The night I finished reading the novel I couldn't shake the sadness of the ending and actually woke up in the middle of the night because I was having a bad dream about it Yes it was that striking And that's exactly why I found it to be brilliant Part of the reason the ending is so good is that the novel simultaneously prepares you for it and upends your expectations The ending would never be so striking if the novel didn't take its time with the characters not just the eccentric title characters but also the supporting ones The word Dickensian often gets unfairly slapped on undeserving texts but what is Dickensian about this novel is the way it approaches each chapter from a distinct perspective and gives you insight into even the most seemingly fleeting and insignificant characters If you didn't understand all the feelings all the convoluted motivations of the characters the things they reveal to and conceal from each other then the ending wouldn't have the impact it does Finally the ending reveals something that is there throughout but which the reader often forgets the novel is simultaneously a personal story of two unusual individuals a story about the lives they touch including their progeny and a story about something much bigger the very nation those characters inhabit the ways they consciously shape it and the ways they are unknowingly complicit in something they never intendedPlus Carey writes some gorgeous prose

  4. Tim Tim says:

    Well I can see why Peter Carey has been compared to a contemporary Charles Dickens His characters and the world he creates have a similar eccentricity and inventiveness and energy Oscar’s childhood is a sheer delight to read He’s the son of an overbearing fire and brimstone preacher and marine biologist and there are some memorable images of the two of them on beaches searching for fossils in rock pools When his wife dies Oscar’s father takes all her clothes and throw them in the sea As a result Oscar has a deep seated phobia of salt water It smells like death to him At university he’s nicknamed “odd bodd” and discovers he has a mania for gambling a huge obstacle to his clerical ambitions Lucinda grows up in a hut in Australia She’s a kind of pioneer feminist with an obsessive passion for glass She too is prone to gambling Like Oscar she has wild hair She and Oscar meet on a ship bound from the UK to Australia where Oscar is to begin missionary work What follows is a bittersweet romance of a wholly original nature They fuse their passions in the idea of building a church made wholly of glass This novel has it all – a great plot fantastic character development brilliant writing – the visual descriptions are consistently wonderful Absolutely recommended

  5. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    “She thought When we are two they do not notice us They think us a match What wisdom does a mob have? It is a hydra an organism stupid or dangerous in much of its behavior but could it have in spite of this a proper judgement about which of its component parts fit best together?” ― Peter Carey Oscar and LucindaA book to love A book to wade in submerge into A novel that tempts one to grab it around the middle and sueeze even as it dances away like a shadow It flickers like the uiet mirrored Doppler effect of water flowing around a pair of swans It plays coy It trips backwards At times it really IS too much But I still loved it The prose? Beautiful The story? Magnificent Worlds of glass chance love passion obsession stars crossed God compulsion sin materialism and generosity of spirit Just like a coin spuntossedlaunched at midday into the sky will twist head over tails at once both reflecting and in turn blocking the sun this book twists between obsessive Oscar and compulsive Lucinda and spun wildly around a whole slew of characters and just spun there suspended forever threatening never to come down And then it did And it was glorious

  6. Perry Perry says:

    35 stars The story of 2 socially unacceptables both of whom are gambling addicts and come into constant conflict with religion in very different ways Not a warming tale and only partly a love story with some plausibility issues While I personally did not connect I am glad to say I have read Peter CareyHonestly I found his writing style somewhat annoying The dialogue seems to drag on to the point of grating And imo he overuses the phrase heshe thought including repeated instances of several in a row over a page or so when it seemed one or two would do It was well structured and vividly descriptive

  7. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    This is a marvellous love story from Mann Booker prize winning author Peter Carey It is both about modern Australia and the love of these beautifully drawn protagonists and one that I must absolutely reread

  8. Laura Laura says:

    I definitely expected to like this book a lot than I did based on another Carey novel I remember loving years ago True History of the Kelly Gang The difference for me comes down to tone and characterization While I liked the title characters in Oscar and Lucinda well enough I wasn't terribly attached to either of them by the end And something about the tone of this novel I disliked there's a certain balance or in my opinion imbalance between serious dramatragedy and comedywit that seems trendy these days which always rubs me the wrong way That's not to say that the combination of the two can't be brilliant and genuine when done with less well smugness That's probably a terribly unfair description but that's the word that comes to mind along with jaded guileful practicedetc The ending while I appreciate the realism was a bit too deliberately crafted for shock and effect to resonate with me It's obviously a polarizing ending and I can understand why some people would love how different and daring it is just as others would consider it depressing and unsatisfying Personally it just struck me as a too obvious attempt to be edgy I know I've been pretty negative so far and maybe TOO negative due to my own bias towards the tone and style I attempted to describe above but I actually did enjoy the book for the most part It's not one I would personally recommend or ever re read but it's interesting enough as a work of historical fiction

  9. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    How many ways you can tell a love story? How many types of lovers are there in the world? It tells about the two odd gamblers Oscar Hopskins a preacher's son and Lucinda a heiress who buys a glass factory The first one is obsessive and the other one is a compulsive gambler They fell in love on their way to the 19th century Australia Lucinda challenges Oscar that he cannot move the glass factory to another town and Oscar accepts the challenge and the end is I don't know What I mean is if it justifies the means or if the slow build up the book is 520 pages and starts when Oscar was a little boy punished by eating Christmas pudding but earlier fantastic reviews here on Goodreads say that this reflect the way Australia was built as a nation and that the characters juxtaposes Australia and its people and who am I to argue with as the reviewers probably know this better than I doThere are many other memorable scenes Reading is a bit dragging Especially when I was done reading the book I thought that this could be cut in a half and the story would still be the same if not enjoyable I have not seen the movie but I thought that given a choice I would like to see how they look like and all the fantastic images in my mind like the inverted cathedral This is my first time to read a Peter Carey novel but I thought that with those images making prints in my mind I have no doubt of his skillful artistry in telling storiesI should read Peter Carey Thanks to 501 Must Read Books for making me buy this book

  10. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    no spoilers; just synopsisa don't see the movie unless you read the booksomething gets really lost between the twobExcellent simply excellent I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates superlative writing and a uirky story If every book were like this one I would be in Heaven The prose is outstanding and these characters are simply so real I thought they'd float off the pageOscar and Lucinda is set both in England and in Australia in the 19th century In England Oscar Hopkins is the son of a non Anglican religious fundamentalist who is also a naturalist and up until he is about 15 Oscar grows up with the reassurance that he is among the saved Oscar's mother died; he lives with his father in a little village called Hennacombe in Devon in an austere house with no ornamentation; even the food is plain One Christmas one of the cooks feels sorry for the boy and makes him a Christmas pudding complete with raisins a cherry; the ostentatiousness of the pudding leads Theophilus Oscar's father to lose it and he hits Oscar who is then forced to cough up the pudding Later they are out wading in the ocean and Oscar asks that God smite his father out of anger; just then Theophilus has an accident that cuts him on the leg Oscar realizes that he has to leave and the signs point to the Anglican Church We next find him at Oxford at Oriel College where he discovers gambling One thing leads to another and Oscar sets out to become a missionary in New South Wales but he has to go by shipa problem since Oscar has this immense water phobia It is on this voyage that Oscar meets Lucinda Leplastrier returning to Australia whose parents had died whose mother before dying had their land subdivided and sold and Lucinda was now an heiress living off the profits She is also the owner of a glassworks in Australia Lucinda is obstinate headstrong like Oscar she is a gambler The lives of these two people come together on the ship then meet again after Oscar discovers that there is no Missionary Work to be done in New South Wales and that he is to be assigned to a posh vicarage instead He meets Lucinda in a Chinese gambling house and things take off from there I won't say another word you really should read it for yourselfThe writing is excellent; the story is excellent and there are so many themes that are explored without the author ever losing track My only complaint the end came so fast it was a great ending but rushed that after having savored the story for so long I felt cheated However the rest of the book was absolutely stunning and so rich so I can overlook thisPlease try this bookI can totally see how it won a Booker

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Oscar and Lucinda ✅ Oscar and Lucinda PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Peter Carey – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The Booker Prize winning novel now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight PicturesThis sweeping irrepressibly inventive novel is a romance but a romance of the sort that could only take place in The Booker Prize winning novel now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight PicturesThis sweeping irrepressibly inventive novel is a romance but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth century Australia For only on that sprawling continent a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the Oscar and PDF or instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce religion and colonialism that culminates in a half mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.

  • ebook
  • 582 pages
  • Oscar and Lucinda
  • Peter Carey
  • English
  • 07 August 2015
  • 9780307787132

About the Author: Peter Carey

See this thread for informationPeter Carey was born in Australia in He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School He was a student there between and — after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived In he studied science for a single Oscar and PDF or unsuccessful year at Monash University 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 of He was nineteen For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends working in many advertising agencies in Melbourne London and Sydney After four novels had been written and rejected The Fat Man in History — a short story collection — was published in This slim book made him an overnight success From Carey worked one week a month for Grey Advertising then in he established a small business where his generous partner reuired him to work only two afternoons a week Thus between and he was able to pursue literature obsessively It was during this period that he wrote War Crimes Bliss Illywhacker Oscar and Lucinda Illywhacker was short listed for the Booker Prize Oscar and Lucinda won it Uncomfortable with this success he began work on The Tax Inspector In he moved to New York where he completed The Tax Inspector He taught at NYU one night a week Later he would have similar jobs at Princeton The New School and Barnard College During these years he wrote The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang for which he won his second Booker Prize He collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders In he joined Hunter College as the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing In the years since he has written My Life as a Fake Theft His Illegal Self and Parrot and Oliver in America shortlisted for Man Booker Prize.