Author: Peter Carey
Peter Carey is an Australian native who up until 1976 made his living primarily in the advertising industry. He wrote when he was not working and eventually was able to start writing full-time.
I read his book The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith (1994) about ten years ago and just finished his novel His Illegal Self (2008). I find his style mesmerizing and his themes consistent.
Mr. Carey does not mince words nor does he ‘show’ us- he tells us and our imagination is left to conjure the dialogue. Common to both books Mr. Carey seems to have a sordid relationship with human bodies, textures, smells and the unpleasant aspects of life.
Carey’s writing is stimulating in that it prods the reader every word of the way. It is not writing that requires a dictionary but certainly if not given your undivided attention the novel can and will turn on you within the sentence.
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