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Parrot and Olivier in America - Peter Carey

Parrot and Olivier in America - Peter Carey

Title: Parrot and Olivier in America

Author:  Peter Carey

ISBN:  9780571253296

Weight:  965g

Prepublication dated signed first edition, first printing



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Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Olivier is an aristocrat, one of an endangered species born in France just after the Revolution.  Parrot, the son of an itinerant English printer and twice Olivier’s age, always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant.  Starting on different sides of history, their lives will be permanently joined by an enigmatic, one-armed Marquis.

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.

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 adventure of American democracy – in theory, in practice and in ongoing argument.

Peer & Press Reviews

Carey is a wily and supremely confident storyteller on a grand scale…  Within the covers is a complex discussion of the philosophy of democracy, and yet Parrot and Olivier is most strikingly beautiful at its most elemental.

Russell Celyn Jones, Times

One hell of a ride… there are scenes here as dramatic and as poignant as any Carey has ever written…  At the same time, Parrot and Olivier contains some wonderfully funny moments.

John Preston, Sunday Telegraph

A brilliantly written ripsnorter of a yarn…  Carey doesn’t so much reanimate history by back-projecting modern-day concerns on to the past as make it come alive in lurid living colour.

Peter Murphy, Irish Times

Bibliographic Info

Title:Parrot and Olivier in America
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Overall condition:Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed:On the title page
Dated:2/2/10 (prepublication)
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes:Man Booker Prize 2010 – shortlist
Book Stats
Publisher:Faber & Faber
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Mackays, Chatham
ISBN 13:9780571253296
ISBN 10:0571253296
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):241 x 162 x 42mm
Image and Design Credits
Design:John Canty, Penguin Group (Australia)
Int. illustrations:p. 2: célérifierè, Mary Evans Picture Library; p. 226: Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix, Imagno/Getty Images; p. 260: T. J. Maslen’s map reproduced courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW
Jacket design:Faber
Jacket image:The Last Leap of a Great Man, 1815 (coloured engraving) by French School, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France/Lauros/Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library

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