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A Long Way from Home

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A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey
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Feb 05, 2019 | ISBN 9780525435990

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“Delightful. . . . Thrilling. . . . One of Carey’s best, and boldest, efforts yet.” —The Boston Globe

“Propulsive. . . . Free-flowing. . . . Using a wild road race, [Carey has] found a journey into Australia’s broken past.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A rambunctious adventure story [transforms] into a potent exploration of racial identity.” —The New Yorker

“A funny, humane, and enchanting book that is among his finest.” —The New York Review of Books

“A profound and poignant story.” —The Washington Post

“Highly entertaining. . . . Carey demonstrates an extraordinary ear for language.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“Complex and powerful. . . . His best novel in years, maybe decades.” —The Guardian 

“Carey’s eye for zestful storytelling is as sharp as ever —as is his ventriloquist’s ear. . . . Not since True History of the Kelly Gang has he seemed so on-song.” —Financial Times

“A rollicking adventure [that] leads to a startling exchange of worlds. Bigotries are confronted. Hidden histories are revealed. . . . A Long Way from Home is a frolic with depth, a flight of fancy with tough resonance.” —The Seattle Times

“A major work and an exciting one. . . . Deep and affecting.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Evocative and exciting . . . Rip-roaring colour and action . . . this is the first time he’s directly dealt with Aboriginal history, and A Long Way From Home is all the more powerful for it.” 
The Independent (London)

“An ebullient comic caper. . . . Intensely engaging. . . . [A] high-octane novel.” —The Sunday Times (London)

“Remarkable. . . . Strange, tender, always somehow comical . . . A wild, strange, magical ride of a book.” —The Telegraph (London)

“We barrel along anarchically, marvelling at the elegance of Carey’s plotting and the explosive joy of the storytelling. . . . A moving meditation on multiple forms of paternal failure and the culture of racism that have shaped modern Australia.” —The Spectator (London)

“Intriguing. . . . Compelling. . . . Surely fiction’s role is to provide both writer and reader with the kind of empathy only accessible via an imagination as generous and serious as that of a writer such as Peter Carey.” —The New Statesman

“Breaks new ground. . . . There is a sense of venturing into virgin territory, of a country opening up, of a reckoning, of long overdue discovery.” —Herald Scotland

A Long Way from Home is a novel full of riches. The road race propels the plot along, but it’s really a book about cultural identity, about family, about the ability to empathise with others. As such, it’s hugely relevant for our times.” —Irish Times


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