Oscar and Lucinda, True History of the Kelly Gang (Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series)

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There is something so very satisfying about staying with characters within a very big book. Oscar and Lucinda are out-of-character gambling addicts.They are brought together through that mutual love and learn to love each other. This is a most unusual love story without a cliched ending.

I can’t believe that I hadn’t known about the Australian writer Peter Carey. He has won the Booker prize twice which is an unusual feat especially for an Australian. His writing, characterizations and dialogue is superb. It is not, however, a page turner, so be prepared for a long interval with his very unique characters. Oscar has strayed away from his fundamental roots and become an Anglican minister. He is devout, however, he is also a devout gambler. His gambling methodology, he feels, is blessed by the almighty. Lucinda has money to burn. She is a feminist in nineteenth century Australia. She really doesn’t fit in anywhere and neither does Oscar. This volume also includes The True History of the Kelly Gang about the famous outlaw Ned Kelly who is made the narrator of his exploits. This novel runs long and ultimately tedious, but a reader who loves books will love this addition to their library.

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Author Peter Carey
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 905 pages
Publisher Everyman's Library
Publish Date 2019-09-03
ISBN 9781101908204
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Issue January 2020
Category Modern Literature


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