Oscar and Lucinda

Peter Carey

Introduced by Peter Kemp
Illustrated by Katherine Streeter

Compelling romance, epic tale of misadventure, cutting parable of cultural imperialism, Peter Carey's Oscar & Lucinda is overwhelmingly a story of all-consuming passions.

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Oscar and Lucinda

Carey delivers a beautifully drawn exposition of how sin, guilt and salvation pursued the Victorians across two hemispheres, while Katherine Streeter's picaresque collage-style illustrations are a perfect realisation of the novel's imaginativeness and psychological depth.

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Oscar and Lucinda book

Introduced by Peter Kemp

Illustrated by Katherine Streeter

Bound in cloth

Set in Centaur

432 pages; frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations

Book size: 9" × 6¼"

Oscar and Lucinda

'A novel of extraordinary richness, complexity and strength'
ANGELA CARTER

Compelling romance, epic tale of misadventure, cutting parable of cultural imperialism, Peter Carey’s Oscar & Lucinda is overwhelmingly a story of all-consuming passions. It was the first of Carey's two Booker Prize-winning novels.

The novel traces the extraordinary journey of Oscar Hopkins, a preacher's son who forsakes his fundamentalist Brethren upbringing to become an Anglican minister, and Lucinda Leplastrier, a cocooned but self-reliant heiress he meets on a ship bound for the Antipodes.

Once arrived in Australia, Lucinda sets about overturning hidebound expectation by using her inheritance to buy a glassworks factory and indulging her compulsion to gamble. Oscar's childhood exposure to the forbidden delights of Christmas pudding may have led him on the road to rebellion, but with Lucinda he fully realises his obsession for games of chance. His ultimate folly is to accept a wager that Lucinda sets him, to transport a glass church across the outback. As fantastical as the story may be, Oscar & Lucinda evokes the mid-Victorian world with brilliant precision and allows the reader to take enormous delight in all its absurdities.

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