Oscar and Lucinda

Oscar and Lucinda

Book - 1997
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The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight  Pictures.

This 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 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.
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 1997.
ISBN: 9780571244171
Characteristics: 520 pages.
Alternative Title: Oscar & Lucinda


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Unlikable characters with sad love-deprived pasts who make poor decisions and waste their time and money in hapless gambles. I don't understand the mindset and reading the book was like hearing about somebody's nightmare.

Jan 26, 2015

realized I had seen movie so decided not to read

sab0840 May 16, 2014

Beautifully written, mesmerizing.

alleycat Oct 23, 2009

This wonderful piece of literature not only won the Booker prize the year it came out, it was also short-listed for the Best of the Booker. Mr. Carey may be one of the most gifted writers on the planet ... as one critic thoughtfully noted: "Carey writes some of the best sentences in English." So true. Extremely strong character development here and Dickensian plot. Loved Oscar ... hands-down my favourite fictitious character ever!

Jan 13, 2009

I heard good things about this book and really wanted to like it, but it was a hard read for me and ultimately, I lost interest before I finished the book. The characters are interesting but the style of writing is too detailed, to the point where I just don't care to know anymore. The story revolves around their religious beliefs, which also didn't interest me. The book is approx 4-5oo pages, can't remember exactly, but I read over 300 pages before I gave up.

Dec 21, 2008

This is an engrossing, rollicking tale peopled with unforgettable characters, from sensitive Oscar and feisty Lucinda to a range of unique villains and oddballs.

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