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Jack Maggs: A Novel [Peter Carey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the. The year is and ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned illegally to London from Australia. Installing himself in the household of a genteel grocer, he attracts . In Jack Maggs, Peter Carey has written a twentieth-century, post-colonial Dickens novel, in an imaginative and audacious act of appropriation.

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Writer Tobias Oates wants petter possess his soul through hypnosis. And yet within this din of frustration and woe, poor Jack finally catches the strains of hope and loyalty that leave us feeling thrilled at his surprising triumph. Illywhacker was short listed for the Booker Prize. This is Abel Magwitch who meets young Pip at a graveyard.

And kids, I don’t care how mature you are, some stuff just isn’t meant for you: Think Dickens under the influence of Dan Brown. Open Preview See a Problem?

Jack Maggs by Peter Carey – Penguin Books Australia

Fiction Peter Carey reviews. So, this post-colonial re-telling of Pip’s benefactor, the glorious Magwitch, should have been right up my street.

Trouble is, I read this book when I was They make a bargain. Installing himself in the household of a genteel grocer, he attracts the attention of a cross-section of society. His adopted son lives next door.


Jack Maggs

He is a mesmerist who believes in hypnotism as a method of crime-detection. For instance, the sex scenes Carey creates would be quite at home in a modern novel, but are strikingly un-Dickensian. Writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. In this novel, ‘sciences’ that have now been discredited–somnambulism and physiognomy sp? Until this morning, when his fun and games had killed a man. The period, setting, and characters are often compared with Dickens, but they so exceed Dickens’ 2-dimensional approach.

Buckle’s friend, Tobias Oates is an aspiring writer and amateur hypnotist. What makes him violent; what makes him kind and tender? Carey manages to get into the heart and bowels of Victorian London and his descriptive skill is as sharp as ever. What weaknesses in his character allow this hatred to take over his soul? Maggs is never a “gentleman;” Phipps is.

Tobias and Buckle look on Maggs as a servant, themselves as masters: There are enough Carey fans out there to make up for my disinterest. Both suffer the loss or pain of their own child.

Another hundred pages would have been great. What betrayals has each of them committed? Caryn James wrote well of this novel, a parallel to the works and life of Dickens: I’m going to start with a disclaimer, I’m a fan of Peter Carey.


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Jan 10, Peteg rated it really liked it.

Maggs is fearsomely well constructed, though – there’s just enough of the bloody terror of the Colonies in him, and the imposing nature of Dickens original is fully present.

More than an imitation, this is an exploration appropriately for such a crafty, crafted book of how writing works as a form of trickery and mesmerism.

He had got himself, along the way, a little belly, a friend who was a titled lady, a second friend who was a celebrated actor, a third friend who was a Knight of the Realm, a fourth friend who was an author and tutor to the young Princess Victoria. Read it Forward Read it first. In the meantime, at a literary dinner hosted by his new employer, Maggs makes the acquaintance of an up-and-coming young writer, Tobias Oates, whose skill as a mesmerist is needed to cure Maggs of a “fit.

There is plenty of melodrama, violence, jaco and turns, an unlikely and surprising heroine, lots of secrets some confessed, some notgrief and loss.

But Jack Maggs is not a man of enough action.