Parrot & Olivier in America
Parrot and Olivier in America has been shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.
From the two-time Booker Prize–winning author comes an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early nineteenth-century America.
Olivier—an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son...more
Tocqueville: Well, it is because this book is actually about me, and my travels in America. Peter, my good friend, thought it would be a good idea to write a fictional account of how I came to write Democracy in America. The aristocrat in the book, Olivier, is based on me. Parr ...more
there is a comment from a critic at the Guardian: "Too emotionally dangerous to be fully embraced by doe-eyed lovers of The Time Traveler's Wife, too much fun to be taken entirely seriously by the dour acolytes of JM Coetzee (the contemporary whose career h ...more
This is a fictionalized version of Alexis de Tocqueville's journey to America. Alexis is now "Olivier." His (not really) loyal manservant is Parrot. These two very different Old Worlders (Olivier a rich French aristocrat, Parrot a poor but scrappy Brit) encounter the New World and see how very different life is across the pond.
My big problems with this book were: (1) it was very longwinded and (2) I hated everyone. These are big problems.
Was Alexis de Tocqueville real ...more
It is my idea of ideal historical fiction: an imaginative and digressive exploration of the humanity behind the events, by way of metaphor, paradox, farce, foibles, and much empathy. And as such it ranks right up there with other "brilliants" like "Measuring the World, ...more
I heartily recommend this novel with one caution....do NOT despair if yo ...more
Finished! The writing is exquisite, the story delightful. I wanted to wring Olivier's neck the first half, he's suc ...more
An exploration of the wild and tumbling place that was America in the early 19th century, the book alternates between the lives and adventures of Oli ...more
The book tells a highly fictionalized account of Tocqueville's travels to America, with an even more fictionalized English servant who accompanies him to spy on him but then takes more to the American styl ...more
Carey has twice won the award that most often co-insides with my own perfect taste, the Man Booker. I'm sure we both remember my rants on that prize so I won't go there again. Anyway, Carey has won the Booker for Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and The True History of the Kelly Gang (2001) and he was on the short list for Illywhacker (1984). Impressive. There have been many other awards and nominations along the way for Carey but for now I'm going to ignore those. Just know they are numerous.
So? Parrot ...more
Comte Alexis-Charles-Henri-Maurice Clérel de Tocqueville was born to a noble Norman family in the troubled time ...more
Recommended By John Freeman
Parrot and Olivier
Parrot And Olivier In America
By Peter Carey, hardcover, 400 pages, Knopf, list price: $26.95
This historical novel is based on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville, famous for his 19th century study of American society, "Democracy in America." In Carey's fictional account, Olivier, the character based on de Tocqueville, comes to America with his companion, Parrot, a young English printer who has been in an ...more
This book is more than that. The two eponymous characters are really wonderfully drawn an ...more
The title is accurate enough, as far as it goes—Parrot and Olivier do go to America together—but neither their destination nor their companionship is entirely by choice. Parrot & Olivier in America is based loosely—I do not know just how loosely—on the travels of Alexis de Tocqueville in the young nation of America. Peter Carey acknowledges that some of Olivier's turns of phrase are in fact Tocqueville's own. But the details defini ...more
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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