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Parrot and Olivier in America

Author: Peter Carey
Publisher: [Camberwell, Vic.] : Hamish Hamilton, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Olivier is a young aristocrat, one of an endangered species born in France just after the Revolution. Parrot, the son of an itinerant English printer, wanted to be an artist but has ended up in middle age as a servant. When Olivier sets sail for the New World - ostensibly to study its prisons, but in reality to avoid yet another revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. Through their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Carey
ISBN: 9781926428147 1926428145
OCLC Number: 426034998
Awards: Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010.
Description: 451 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Peter Carey.

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"Olivier is a young aristocrat, one of an endangered species born in France just after the Revolution. Parrot, the son of an itinerant English printer, wanted to be an artist but has ended up in middle age as a servant. When Olivier sets sail for the New World - ostensibly to study its prisons, but in reality to avoid yet another revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. Through their adventures with women and money, incarceration and democracy, writing and painting, they make an unlikely pair. But where better for unlikely things to flourish than in the glorious, brand-new experiment, America? A dazzlingly inventive reimagining of Alexis de Tocqueville's famous journey, Parrot and Olivier in America brilliantly evokes the Old World colliding with the New. Above all, it is a wildly funny, tender portrait of two men who come to form an almost impossible friendship, and a completely improbable work of art"--P. [4] of cover.

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