Download PDF by Peter Carey: Parrot and Olivier in America

Historical Fiction

By Peter Carey

ISBN-10: 0307593010

ISBN-13: 9780307593016

Parrot and Olivier in the United States has been shortlisted for the 2010 guy Booker Prize.

From the two-time Booker Prize–winning writer comes an irrepressibly humorous new novel set in early nineteenth-century America.

Olivier—an improvisation at the lifetime of Alexis de Tocqueville—is the traumatized baby of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. they're born on assorted aspects of historical past, yet their lives could be hooked up through an enigmatic one-armed marquis.

When Olivier units sail for the nascent United States—ostensibly to make a learn of the penal process, yet extra accurately to avoid wasting his neck from yet another revolution—Parrot may be there, too: as undercover agent for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier.

As the narrative shifts among the views of Parrot and Olivier, among their picaresque adventures aside and together—in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and courageous new lands—a very unlikely friendship starts off to take carry. And with their tale, Peter Carey explores the scan of yank democracy with remarkable inventiveness and with the entire richness and shock of characterization, imagery, and language that we have got come to count on from this superlative author.

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My family had been as timid as the pigeons, I thought. They had let their necks be wrung. ” I asked. ” As we walked down through the Bottom Hundred the secret quail rose from the grass. I was outraged by my family, and very fierce in my judgment of my father particularly, that he had not drawn a sword and slaughtered his tormentors. My lungs were clogged, my heart was disturbed, but my Latin declensions must still be learned. As the day ended, Bébé and I hic-haec-hoc’d our way through the strange pale grass, up to the old mill on whose steps we rested to eat an apple.

My lungs were clogged, my heart was disturbed, but my Latin declensions must still be learned. As the day ended, Bébé and I hic-haec-hoc’d our way through the strange pale grass, up to the old mill on whose steps we rested to eat an apple. It was not yet dark, but I could see, through the heavy branches, the golden lights of our home. I understood it then, as for the first time, not as a castle of pride and strength, but as a weak place, a soft thing in the coming night. I saw my grandfather and my father sitting unprotesting in their chairs.

The long gallery is a racetrack, paved with marble, and we swish toward that low dark door, the little oratory where Maman often spends her mornings praying. But my mother is not praying, so we must carry our machine to visit her. That anyone would choose oak for such a device beggars belief, but my uncle was clearly an artist of a type. Now on these endless stairs I feel the slow drag of my breath like a rat-tail file inside my throat. This is no fun, sir, but do not be alarmed. I might be a slight boy with sloping shoulders and fine arms, but my blood is cold and strong, and I will swim a river and shoot a bird and carry the célérifère to the second floor where I will present to you the cloaked blindfolded figure on the chaise, my mother, the Comtesse de Garmont.

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