Just plain unreadable. The author is so taken with his turn of phrase as to make the plot obfuscated and the characters hollow. I lost interest after two chapters. Why read a book that you resent?
Tedious reading, archaic writing style does not give much consideration to expectations of the modern reader. The time-jumping is confusing and adds to the frustration of reading a dense story with enigmatic characters and vague historical context.
Carey's considerable talents are turned to a dense, richly detailed story of a French aristocrat and the English servant who becomes his confidante and, eventually, friend. Set in Paris, London, and New England in 1830, the novel was inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville's trip to the US. It provides some unexpected twists in the definitions of success and failure.
I enjoyed this book and the interesting way that both the history of Europe and the history of America are presented but wouldn't consider it light reading.
You definitely need to have patience to finish this book, some of the language is quite complex and Carey jumps around from character to character in a sometimes confusing manner. Despite this I enjoyed the book and have given it 4 stars.
Best book I've read all year. "Bertie & Wooster" leave post-revolution France to discover real democracy in the New World. The dialgue is wonderful. ... may even be historically accurate...
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A comic historical picaresque.
Peter Carey has been nominated for this book for the respected Man Booker Prize for Ficiton.
The book is a reamagining of Alex de Torcqueville's famous journey to America, evoking the old World colliding with the new.
Carey is only one of two authors to have already won this prize twice.
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