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Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
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Jun 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: booker-prize, 2010, lit
Read from April 28 to May 26, 2010

I admit, this book was slow going at first. But it's a book that pays off incredible dividends. These characters, Oscar Hopkins and Lucinda Leplastrier, will linger in my mind for a very long time. They are both completely unique, and yet utterly real. Peter Carey has a gift for creating characters that way, even if he only lends a few pages. He gives you incredible details that sketch out the character, that make you see that person in a very concrete way.

In addition, Carey's metaphors and similes are marvelous. As a person working on my own writing, I can truly say that reading this book almost became intimidating, and yet I could not stop myself from smiling at the imagery stretched before me. His comparisons are both strikingly original and yet appropriate for the context, which is a rather difficult hat trick.

Very glad I read this book - so many wondrous things contained therein - and I highly recommend it.

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