Illywhacker

Author:   Fellow and Tutor in Modern History Peter Carey (Trinity College, Oxford Trinity College, University of Oxford Trinity College, Oxford Trinity College, University of Oxford)
Publisher:   Vintage
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9781299024953


Publication Date:   01 January 2010
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In Australian slang, an illywhacker is a country fair con man, an unprincipled seller of fake diamonds and dubious tonics. And Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of Peter Carey's uproarious novel, may be the king of them all. Vagabond and charlatan, aviator and car salesman, seducer and patriarch, Badgery is a walking embodiment of the Australian national character--espcially of its proclivity for tall stories and barefaced lies. As Carey follows this charming scoundrel across a continent and a century, he creates a crazy quilt of outlandish encounters, with characters that include a genteel dowager who fends off madness with an electric belt and a ravishing young girl with a dangerous fondness for rooftop trysts. Boldly inventive, irresistibly odd, Illywhacker is further proof that Peter Carey is one of the most enchanting writers at work in any hemisphere.

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Author:   Fellow and Tutor in Modern History Peter Carey (Trinity College, Oxford Trinity College, University of Oxford Trinity College, Oxford Trinity College, University of Oxford)
Publisher:   Vintage
Imprint:   Vintage
ISBN:  

9781299024953


ISBN 10:   1299024955
Publication Date:   01 January 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Electronic book text
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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