Theft: A Love Story
So I wasn’t planning to read any more Carey, but a review of Theft made me waver. I like books about fictional artists, and the subject of art crime and fraud has long interested me. The fine art trade is very lightly regulated, but places a...more
Peter Carey’s noir-ish tale of thievery in the art world would appear to bridge the gap between this cultural mystification and more familiar territory from the rest of the world. But it’s very essence of “Aussieness” dominates and I am left as confused as usual....more
The book is about art forgery but is set in Australia where Michael Boone is struggling to survive and to care for his younger disabled brother....more
Carey, Peter. THEFT. (2006). ***. Carey, a writer from Australia, is a two-time winner of the Booker Prize (“Oscar & Lucinda,” and “The True History of the Kelly Gang.”) – the only other writer to do so being J. M. Coetze. His books are usually eminently readable and are full of wit and humor. He manages to draw his characters so perfectly that we think we know someone just like them – but wouldn’t admit it. In this novel he tells the story of two brothers: Michael “Butcher” Boone, and his y...more
Theft is set in Australia and New York. The protagonist is an artist, who takes care of his mentally-challenged brother. He falls in love...more
A great artist with a bad attitude (only made worse by his divorce and the resulting loss of much of his work in the property settlement) is lumbered with his mentally handicappe...more
What we end up with is a clever tale that we always feel just outside of. Sentence by sentence, there's nothing but quality. Carey oozes it, like a great basketball player who even on a bad shooting night gets his 25 points...more
I liked My Life as a Fake better - it was just more....I don't know.. fascinating.
I liked this book OK, and I liked the device of having two narrators tell the same story, but I never was completely sucked in, mystified or amazed. I...more
I also loved the play between the two narrators; who was the more reliable witness to the events, who did I find more enjoyable. I loved the character of Hugh, I felt like he was the only clear headed character. Yes, he had flaws, b...more
In "Theft," Carey tells the story of two brothers. Michael Boone is an artist w...more
While it may not reach the aesthetic heights of his Booker Prize?winning novels Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey's new work is no fraud. His masterful use of voice is present here in the alternating (if unreliable) narration of Michael and his brother Hugh. For all the accomplished circuitousness of his plot and "jewel-encrusted prose" (Esquire), especially that focused on the painting process, the real strength of the novel lies in the relationship between...more
I kept thinking that Slow Bones was going to surprise us all with some revelation at the end, his tone held that tinge of menace, and that Butcher was very close to achieving recognition as an artist but they turned out to be two ordinary guys who had a bit of an adventure and we were lucky to be travelling with them.
The author did his research...more
Hugh was definitely the most sympathetic character (and I loved his capitalised thoughts, surely more eloquent than those he expressed) but, in spite of his bluster, Butcher garnered my sympathy and even Marlene redeemed herself at the very end. I appreciated the way the depth of the relationship of the brothers was gradually revealed in parallel with the true nature of Marl...more
I'm still only a third of the way through (in a rush to try out this site as social networking tool for work), but so far I've broken into out-loud laughter several times--and one fleeting little sob too. What makes this story compelling is the contrast between the alternating narrators' take on events; the impatience of the primary narrator, the painter, is especially poignant (and hilarious) in contrast to the perspective of his "damaged" (autistic?) and equally...more
Sadly, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong--it was good, it was enjoyable, and it was intriguing. Maybe I need to be a little more familiar with the art world for it to be more compelling, or maybe it was the right book at the wrong time (see how willing I am to put the blame on this one onto myself?).
I'd recommend you read it if you enjoy his ot...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