Sunday, January 26, 2014
It's Australia Day, so Good Day to Peter Carey
I have read many Carey novels, most recently Chemistry of Tears. This novel managed to be brilliant and disappointing at the same time - suffering from lead characters that in the end I simply didn't like. Of Carey's other books, apart from my favourite, Bliss, the Kelly Gang stands out. This story read as a history, a realist piece, and did not fit with my image of the writer, Carey. I will skip the rest - Peter Carey made his best impression with his first book; Bliss, apart from a page that made me give away my copy after many readings, is the best book I have ever read. It combines the absurd with the sublime in a perfect match, telling a love/existential story that makes life worth living. If I am fortunate/hard-working/inspired I might some day excel this book. For now, however, this being Australia Day and Peter Carey my favourite writer, I offer my best puny imitation of an Australian accent, and wish Peter Carey a Good Day.