Oscar and Lucinda & True History of the Kelly Gang

Peter Carey, Peter Giles

 
Oscar and Lucinda & True History of the Kelly Gang
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Oscar and Lucinda & True History of the Kelly Gang

Peter Carey, Peter Giles

Oscar and Lucinda is a sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel set in nineteenth-century England and Australia where the two potential lovers lead parallel lives until chance brings them together on board ship. A narrative tangle of love, religion, gambling, commerce and colonialism culminates in a nightmare expedition - the result of a wager - to transport a glass church across the Australian wilderness.

In True History of the Kelly Gang he legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly speaks for himself in a voice that is direct, colloquial, theatrical, and utterly magical. To his pursuers he is nothing but a monstrous criminal, but to his own people he is a hero, defying British imperial authority in support of the poor Irish settlers who are its victims. In a dazzling act of ventriloquism, Carey brings the famous bushranger unforgettably to life.

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