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Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
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Nov 12, 11

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Sarah Wiseman This book started off slowly for me and in fact I really struggled with it to begin with even considering putting it down for good. I'm glad I didn't because once Parrot and Olivier had left France I couldn't put it down. This book really is quite Dickensian in its characters and descriptions of place and as a fan of Dickens I couldn't help but be seduced. Peter Carey has really done his homework with this book. It is brilliantly researched and I really felt that I had a better understanding of the French revolution, the early days of settlers in America and how banking worked in its infancy. The relationship between Parrot and Olivier is what makes this book so memorable though. It reminds me of a great comedy pairing like Laurel and Hardy. The issues of class, romance, money and rivalry make this pairing riveting. Highly recommended.

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