Parrot and Olivier in America

Author(s): Peter Carey

Fiction - Historical

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. "A comic masterpiece"-- The New Yorker "If envy is any writer's sincerest form of admiration, then I was sick with admiration on every page of this vigorous, lyrical masterpiece. The dramatic situations are struck off with hallucinatory force, the characters are coddled with tenderness and humor

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General Fields

  • : 9781926428246
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : United Book Distributors
  • : April 2010
  • : 3.4 Centimeters X 14.4 Centimeters X 22.2 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Carey
  • : Paperback
  • : 410
  • : 823/.914
  • : good
  • : 464