January 11, 2011
January 11, 2011
From the two-time Booker Prize–winning author comes an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early nineteenth-century America.
Olivier—an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.
When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States—ostensibly to make a study of the penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from one more revolution—Parrot will be there, too: as spy for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier.
As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, between their picaresque adventures apart and together—in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and brave new lands—a most unlikely friendship begins to take hold. And with their story, Peter Carey explores the experiment of American democracy with dazzling inventiveness and with all the richness and surprise of characterization, imagery, and language that we have come to expect from this superlative writer.
From the Hardcover edition.
Two-time Booker Prize winner, Peter Carey (OSCAR AND LUCINDA, TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLEY GANG) drums up a delightful picaresque portrait of early 19th-century America as viewed through the eyes of two very different foreign visitors: the fragile French aristocrat Olivier de Garmont (inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville) who travels to America to escape the guillotine, and his traveling companion, a low class English orphan named John "Parrot" Larrit who has been hired by Olivier's parents as a servant, scribe, and to spy on his activities. The two men, with their wildly different attitudes and experiences, initially loath each other, but after endless adventures and encounters in America, forge a grudging friendship. Written with Dickensian gusto for subplots, unforgettable cameo characters, and the great slosh and scrum of human existence, PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA is a rollicking take on early America as told by one of its most talented literary emigres, the irrepressible Mr. Carey.
Author: Peter Carey
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Conflicts + Dualities, Travel + Voyages, Peoples + Cultures, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Historical Fiction
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Historical Fiction, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Peoples + Cultures, Travel + Voyages, Conflicts + Dualities
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: January 11, 2011
- Author: Peter Carey
- Online Item #: 13260962
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0825
- ISBN: 9780307476012
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported