His Illegal Self
His Illegal Self is the story of Che—raised in isolated priv...more
On the simp...more
written with such emotion i want to reach and hug or smack the characters far too frequently
i really enjoyed this book. it was so easy to connect with the characters in this book - like or hate them
the story is about a woman who steals a child in America, kind of by accident and then lands up on the run with him, in Australia.
the book very beautifully shows the relationship between this woman and the boy, as well as the relationships they both have with the odd hippies th...more
I know it's in vogue not to use quotation marks, but if you're virtually incapable of distinguishing between your characters' voices, it's probably necessary. It's not that the character's were unbelievable, but they seemed to al...more
Fascinating with some literary merit?
Carey tells this tale mainly from two characters' perspectives: a boy/son/grandson, Che or Jay, and a mother/kidnapper/revolutionary, Dial or Anna. Confused? Try reading the novel. The prose isn't necessarily dense, but it often demands rereading phrases or sentences in order to interpret what, exactly, is happening in the novel. Carey never uses quotation marks, which, surprisingly, isn't the cause of the confusion. He,...more
"With our protagonists no longer on the run, it finally becomes apparent what this novel is really about. It is a love letter to nature, and to the Australian wilderness in particular. Through the characters of this boy and woman, both cosseted urbanites who find themselves forced to live against their will in a tough, back-to-the-soil community, both of whom slowly and reluctantly come to terms with their changed circumstances, Carey pays moving homage to...more
There's nothing to hold on to in this book--if character makes plot then there's no...more
I have had a mixed relationship with this author. Years ago he was my preferred author and I lapped up the wonderful tales in Fat Man in History, Illywacker & Oscar & Lucinda. By History of the Kelly gang he had pretty well lost me. So when I was struggling with the opening of His Illegal Self I almost put it aside. The dialogue is spoken without quotation marks and two voices can be hear...more
I jumped into this and became totally bewildered. After about 40 pages I assumed the fault was mine so I put the book down and started again some days later. But it is bewildering, it's not me. About as confusing as an eight years old being kidnapped by a fake mu...more
I will give an extra star to the place they end up living and the grandmother. Both of these are well described and alive, for me.
One of the more unique aspects to the storytelling is that you hear a...more
The mother-son relationship forms the heart of Peter Carey's new novel, and critics agreed that the touching bond that develops between the two gives the book its merit. Carey packs a strong emotional punch as he explores Dial's conflicted view of motherhood and Che's desperate love, attachments, and doubts. No less compelling are Carey's sparkling descriptions of the Australian outback. The majority of reviewers, however, felt that the novel bogs down in the middle with the introduction of an A...more
Also like a manisfesto however, this tale of the young son of American radicals is just as often a record of the author's quirks and idiosyncracies.
Peter Carey is the Man Booker Prize-winning Australian author of Oscar And Lucinda (1988) and True History Of The Kelly Gang (2001), and his distinctive writing style -- no quotation...more
I have never read a Peter Carey book before and found that I enjoyed his writing style and use of language so I think I shall have to read a few more now.
I liked that it was a complex story told in a very simple way so as not to let the reader get too drowned in what they believed was righ...more
Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943.
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 1954 and 1960 — after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arriv...more