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My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey
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Jan 22, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

This was my first Peter Carey, and if others say it is not his best, I'll definitely have to read his other works. I may have been predestined to like it because I work in the publishing world.
I disagree with people who say that it is confusing in content or in the way it is written. I like the jumps back and forth between "present day" and the past. One aspect that may be confusing is whether or not Chubb is crazy (or rather, how crazy), so it reads a bit like a psychological thriller. Carey leaves this question pretty open-ended so it might be found unsatisfactory in that respect.
I would have enjoyed a little more development of the Sarah towards the end, or more references to her own past, though I understand her obsession blurs the line between herself and Chubb's story.
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