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A Long Way from Home - Peter Carey

A Long Way from Home - Peter Carey
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Title: A Long Way from Home

Author:  Peter Carey

ISBN:  9780571338832

Weight:  845g

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A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey

Irene Bobs loves fast driving.  Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia.  Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive.

With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed school teacher.  His job is to call out the turns, the grids, the creek crossings on a map that will finally remove them, without warning, from the lily white Australia they all know so well.

A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey’s late style masterpiece; a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, then takes you to another place altogether.  Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British Empire, painting a picture of Queen and subject, black, white and those in-between, this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates how the possession of an ancient culture spirals through history – and the love made and hurt caused along the way.

Peer & Press Reviews

Neither a road trip nor a state-of-the-nation novel.  Instead, it is a domes­tic drama on wheels, an inquiry into the metaphysics of race, and an antic vehicle for Carey’s inimitable and lacerating wit…  There are other maps that underlay the one that marks the Redex route: maps of murder, of dispossession.  Their encounters with indig­enous Australians are tragic, comic and banal…  A Long Way From Home reminds us that great novels are not ideological – neither exploitative nor excessively well-meaning – but tough-minded, complex admissions of failure, guilt and confusion.

The Australian

Intriguing… captures the innocent excitement of the times and tackles head-on Australia’s thorny relationship with its Aboriginal population.

Mail on Sunday

Of all the novels I’ve read by two-time Booker winner Peter Carey, this one is the best…  Fast-paced, utterly engaging and full of trademark Carey eccentrics… a comic novel which also reveals the slow dawning of Australia’s recognition of its real history.

Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

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Title: A Long Way from Home
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Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
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Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780571338832
ISBN 10: 0571338836
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 357
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 162 x 35mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Laura Wilson
Jacket design: gray318

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