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Oscar And Lucinda by Peter Carey
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Feb 07, 2011

really liked it
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Thoroughly enjoyed this novel and its many layers meant that it gave my book group plenty to talk about. I believe that this is, essentially, a cautionary tale about lost opportunities and failing to seize the day - or failing to speak up/out when your instinct moves you. Someone hesitates to express their love for another, someone else is too cowardly to challenge an injustice when they see it... and, before you know it, the narrative is moving fast towards an all to avoidable tragic outcome. I love the fact that pretty much everything about this book defies convention - from the way in which the narrative enfolds, to the lead characters, who are in no way your regular idea of a romantic hero or heroine.

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