Jan 28, 2022
The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith
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  • Title: The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith
  • Author: Peter Carey
  • ISBN: 9780571174935
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
[PDF] Read ☆ The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith : by Peter Carey, The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Peter Carey, The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith If you are not a citizen of Voorstand you may not be familiar with the strange case of Tristan Smith and his illegal appropriation of Bruder Mouse Even if you are a citizen of faraway Efica you will only have heard rumours about the juggling the somersaulting the Burro Plasse tunnel and the motel on the borderHere for the first time is the truth about Trist

[PDF] Read ☆ The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith : by Peter Carey - The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith If you are not a citizen of Voorstand you may not be familiar with the strange case of Tristan Smith and his illegal appropriation of Bruder Mouse Even if you are a citizen of faraway Efica you will

Anna

Reading Peter Carey is always a gamble The bower bird nature of his source material, where his current obsessions often an aspect of the creative life is unpicked to the point of immersion, sometimes comes off and sometimes doesn t His books are quilts glass and gambling, painting and forgery, ern malley and the botany of Malaysia Does that last one jar a little You bet it did My Life as a Fake was the worst Carey book I ve suffered, a hopeless melange of Frankenstein, Carey s nostalgia for a go [...]


Leir

Whilst the world building that went into it was interesting and Carey s technical ability is always at the very least serviceable throughout the novel, I just wasn t really engaged much in any other capacity and was left with nothing than a sour taste in my mouth and a profound sense of apathy for the entire endeavour It just wasn t my cup of tea, at all.


Steve

Funny, sad, thrilling and thought provoking To thoroughly comprehend this book, it probably helps to be Australian although set in mythical nations Efica and Voorstand, it quite brilliantly explores the love hate relationship which Australians have with American culture However, the book never takes itself too seriously, and moves easily between comedy, tragedy and adventure A book not to be taken on holiday, because you won t be able to put it down.


Camille

This book is SO GOOD The world Carey creates, the two countries, Efica and Voorstand, the lingo, the cultures The themes of love, ambition, identity The characters The scale of time I see I am resorting to a list of nouns, but these are all the things I that were so wonderfully notable about this book Peter Carey ftw.


Peter

It is an odd book I really like Peter Carey, but I m not quite sure what he was trying to get at in this story Still, it is well written, with magical elements and a picture of a weird world, and it is written as a quest which I always like It somehow seems like it owes something to the Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, but maybe because they both feature deformed midgets.


Denise Wilkerson

I stopped reading it after the first half because I found it a bit tedious and not nearly as good as his other books I pretty much never stop reading a book but I found myself just wanting to read something else instead and life s too short.


Stacey

A strange and twisted novel set in a non existent place yet imbued with a ring of familiarity despite its fantastical set up and singularly mal formed title character We never exactly what is wrong with him, but the story doesn t suffer, it s a very interesting work.


Sarah Sammis

Strange book that pretty much describes all of Carey s work This one though didn t capture my imagination like the others had.


Jane

One of the most intriguing and mystifying books I have ever read Outstanding, imaginative and compelling.


Denise

Odd book This was suggested to me by someone because of another book that I loved and I found this did not match up for me.


Velvetink

AWESOME Love this book


Mitchell

If the varied works of Peter Carey have a unifying thread, it s his fascination with what it means to be Australian, and Australia s relationship with the rest of the world Illywhacker, his second novel, was the first to thoroughly explore this theme, covering three generations of an Australian family across the 20th century, their country in thrall first to the British and later to the Americans The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, written a few years after Carey moved permanently to New York, ex [...]


Thos

I am a Peter Carey fan, but this book is a disappointment Seems Carey has taken an evening course in culture studies or maybe he teaches one and has written a study text Plenty of grievance and victimhood here Cultural hegemony abounds A book to launch a thousand dreary essays.


Clare

Loved it.


T. Edward

Certainly not the easiest novel to wade through, but it does reward the patient reader with its blend of whimsy, political allegory, alternative parallel worlds, dystopian satire and vivid, highly surreal imagery and crackling dialogue with an alternative vernacular that takes some getting used to Think John Irving and Russel Hoban filtered through the lens of Terry Gilliam It s a complex, sprawling, coming of age tale, told in the first person by the titular hero , Tristan Smith, a horribly dis [...]


Michael Cohen

Unlike most picaresques, Tristan Smith begins in a strange place and ends in an even weirder one This quality is characteristic of Peter Carey s work Bliss and The Tax Inspector come to mind , and it has the spine prick effect of displacing the fulsome, rich, slightly though appreciably alternate future world of Tristan, in which Efica is a New Zealand sized version of Canada to Voorstand s USA of course, they both seem to be located in the South Pacific In other words, the tingling dislocation [...]


Lisa

I had been meaning to read something by Peter Carey when I found this at the Friends of the Library book sale and was intrigued because the premise reminded me of Russell Hoban s Riddley Walker, Like Hoban s post apocalyptic novel this one has an invented language, though it doesn t seem as pervasive as the argot of Riddley Walker and there is the use of puppets and miracle type entertainments as a central part of the cultures religions The book set on my bedside shelf for several years before I [...]


Jonathan Gruber

just too weird, couldn t get into it


Tony

THE UNUSUAL LIFE OF TRISTAN SMITH 1994 Peter Carey Carey has created an alternative universe complete with maps and an annotated language, peopled with characters and institutions much like the ones we are familiar with, but in a place we don t know The country we start out in is Efica, a nation that consists of eighteen islands To the north I think of Efica is another country, Voorstand Voorstand is the developed of the two countries and seems to hold sway over Efica in ways the Eficans are no [...]


Brian

Peter Carey is always good for a set of unusual characters dealing with a host of social, psychological, and political problems He has a unique ability to communicate with close sensitivity some of the cultural nuances within Australian society, as well as cultural clashes with countries like the U.S born and raised in Australia, having lived in New York since the 1990s He s written fictional accounts that take on important issues such as the sacking of the Whitlam government and the possible ro [...]


Alison

I ve never read a Peter Carey novel that I haven t enjoyed He s a brilliant stylist with an great ear for language of the spoken and written varieties and he can spin a good yarn The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith is no exception I spent a while trying to figure out if its setting was intended to be futuristic or just an alternate reality present I believe it s the latter a conceit that allows Carey ample opportunity to poke fun at what I read as USA stand in Of course, he also satirizes espionag [...]


Lucy

Peter Carey is always good value for money, so inventive and packs so much in This novel had much that I loved the invented pidgin French and Dutch slang words and dialects were a joy, so clever and some lovely, poignant characterisation Felicity, Wally, Roxanna But the character of Tristan Smith himself eluded me I couldn t get to the heart of who he was Nor could I ever picture him clearly, despite the numerous attempts to describe his unnerving features I could never really SEE him He was alm [...]


Dan Downing

Not all is as it seems in this hefty but not huge novel by Peter Carey, who is still considered one of our English language better writers.Echoing many writers and books, beginning with the Tristram Shandy twist in the title, and using the title to understate things the word Unusual barely begins to describe our novelistic plight Carey brings us to an imaginary world which is recognizable the way our own image is in a fun house mirror.Using carefully crafted and often biting prose, all manner of [...]


Ana

I found this book in a cardboard box in a second hand bookstore and bought it for approximately 1 euro I can t believe someone would throw it away and someone else would decide to sell it for less than a bottle of mineral water Regardless, it is always like this for me I accidentally stumble upon the greatest things, greatest writers, greatest music in my life.I am very happy and grateful to have found Peter Carey, who regaled me with the most wonderful picaresque story since the Tin Drum Oh hap [...]


Ian

Looking at the other reviews this seems a marmite book you either love it or hate.I m pretty much in the latter, I couldn t relate to any of the characters, the imaginary geography was simply bemusing and I just couldn t warm to the story Like Carey s other novels, it s excellently written, just wasn t my cup of tea.


Greg Olson

I gave it about 80 pages and gave up I got bogged down in the fictitious country, the made up words and the footnotes god, the footnotes And the story didn t really grab me Peter Carey is highly regarded as a writer, but I have yet to find a book of his that I really like.


Georgina

I honestly don t know if I enjoyed this book or not The world building is fantastic the alternate present Care creates is really interesting The characters were good and interesting, but to be honest I didn t connect to any of them There didn t seem to be anyone to like in this book.


Biogeek

Not sure I can claim to have read this I skimmed it and found myself not completely taken by Tristan, his narrative or the good people of Effica I supposed that makes me a Sirkus loving Voorstadian.


N

If John Irving and the guy who wrote the last season of Lost jumped into a time machine that was made out of a cereal box and a fondue fork and went back to 1994 I think they could make this into a story oh and seriously do you have to mention snot or vomit like every page


Carly Johnson

Maybe trying too hard to be creative and interesting Kelly Gang was better.



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