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Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
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Aug 13, 2009

really liked it
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Read in April, 1996

A powerful but somewhat perplexing novel. The two main characters are obsessed with gambling in what seems to be a metaphor for Pascal's wager. Oscar, the son of a Church of the Brethren pastor, becomes convinced that his father is misguided, breaks off his relationship to him, becomes an Anglican minister himself, & eventually ends up in Australia, where he falls in love with Lucinda, heiress to a fortune and a glass manufacturer, whom he bets that he can transport a glass cathedral to a remote area of the country. A bizarre plot with unusual characters, somewhat reminiscent of the fantastic John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany.
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