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Parrot and Olivier in America
Author: Peter Carey

ISBN: 9780571253296
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 4 February 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.1 x 3.7
From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author comes an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early nineteenth-century America.

Olivier - an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville is the traumatised child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.

When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States, ostensibly to make a study of the penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from one more revolution, Parrot will be there, too - as spy for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier.

As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, between their picaresque adventures apart and together in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and brave new lands - a most unlikely friendship begins to take hold. And with their story, Peter Carey explores the experiment of American democracy with dazzling inventiveness and with all the richness and surprise of characterisation, imagery...

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