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Parrot and Olivier in America
Author: Peter Carey

ISBN: 9780143203520
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 31 January 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.800 x 12.900 x 3.200
Shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Award (USA) and the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize

'It is like being alive at the time Dickens was writing, I think he's that good. This novel is right up there with his best. It is an amazingly ambitious, ingenious, clever, wonderful book.' Andrew Motion, Chair of the 2010 Man Booker Prize

When the young French aristocrat Olivier is sent to the New World, apparently to study its prisons but in reality to avoid another revolution, Parrot is sent with him. The son of an English printer, Parrot wanted to be an artist but has ended up as a servant. They make an unlikely pair - but as their adventures with love and money, goal and painting show them, there's nowhere better for unlikely things to flourish than in the glorious, brand-new democratic experiment, America.

Carey's most acclaimed novel since True History of the Kelly Gang, Parrot and Olivier in America is a virtuoso portrait of the Old World colliding chaotically with the New. Above all, it is the wildly funny and tender story of two men who come to form an almost impossible friendship, and a complet...

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