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Jack Maggs
Jack Maggs: A Novel | Peter Carey
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The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the nineteenth century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia. He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills of a hardened criminal, and he is risking his life on seeking vengeance and reconciliation. Installing himself within the household of the genteel grocer Percy Buckle, Maggs soon attracts the attention of a cross section of London society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate. The writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. But Maggs is obsessed with a plan of his own. And as all the various schemes converge, Maggs rises into the center, a dark looming figure, at once frightening, mysterious, and compelling. Not since Caleb Carr's The Alienist have the shadowy city streets of the nineteenth century lit up with such mystery and romance. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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BookwormM
Jack Maggs: A Novel | Peter Carey
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#Reading1001

Any UK Littens interested in any of these 1001 books all in pretty good nick. Gatsby is a bit loved 🤣🤣

First to comment gets the book 👍

Nerdy_Bookworm I wanna read this!!!!! 3mo
Nerdy_Bookworm Unfortunately, I live in the States :( 3mo
BookwormM @Nerdy_Bookworm that‘s a shame postage and customs cost make it too expensive to mail 😢 3mo
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A sweet deal with my job is that work down the street from an amazing local bookstore and $1 books!

Aimeesue How do you manage to get any work done? 😂 5mo
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Kristelh
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#riotgrams #day16 stack of books spell june

Liz_M Whew, that is a lot of pages! 1y
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AshleyHoss820
Jack Maggs: A Novel | Peter Carey
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🧞‍♀️I went in to Jack Maggs blind and it ended up being one of my favorite #1001Books reads.
🧞‍♀️I was bored with The Heart of Darkness. I‘ll try again, but I just wasn‘t into it as much as I wanted to be.
🧞‍♀️Wicked, The Queen‘s Fool, Interview w/ a Vampire, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd...I know there‘s more...
🧞‍♀️The Scarlet Letter made me hate Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s writing style with the fire of a thousand dragons with heartburn.

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Kristelh
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#riotgrams #yellowcovers hope to get to Jack Maggs this year

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JenP
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Jack Maggs is a reworking of Great Expectations centered on the character Jack Maggs (Magwich) and his quest to find his son Phipps (Pip). There are a whole host of unsavory characters including a less than ethical writer who seems to be a humorous portrayal of Dickens. I enjoyed it. It was well written and thoroughly engaging. I switched back and forth with audio - the narrator was fantastic!

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JenP
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I would imagine 😂😂

vivastory The struggle is real 3y
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shuva
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Really liked this book and glad I read it but it took too long to read. Another read like this, for me, was The Master of #ColmToibin

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shuva
Jack Maggs: A Novel | Peter Carey
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I really like this book! Then why is it taking me so long to get through it!!!

jlseymour3 I liked Jack Maggs when I read it, but do remember that it seemed to go forever. 3y
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AshleyHoss820
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I loved this book! I'm a Dickens nut. I haven't read Great Expectations yet, but after reading this, I can't wait. This is a re-telling of GE from the perspective of another character. I gobbled this up. It's a new favorite! 7/1,001 #1001Books

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#photoadaynov16 #publishedinthe1990s

A retelling of Great Expectations from Magwitch's POV, this is a gripping & thoroughly enjoyable read, even if you've never read the original (or even if you can't stand Dickens). Highly recommended 👍

LeahBergen So good!! 👍🏼 3y
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