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Oscar and Lucinda
Oscar and Lucinda: movie tie-in edition | Peter Carey
The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures. This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.
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BarbaraBB
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“Later, she could smell him make himself a sweet pancake for his lunch. She thought this a childish thing to eat, and selfish, too. If he were a gentleman he would now come to her room and save her from the prison her foolishness had made for her. He did not come.”

A typical sentence for their relationship. Oscar & Lucinda are one of my favourite couples ever. This book is set in and written by an author from #DownUnder. #WanderingJune #1001books

Ruthiella Have you read any other Peter Carey that you can recommend?🤔 4mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella No! I read but didn‘t like Parrot and Olivier and I bailed on The Kelly Gang...! But @MrsMalaprop knows all about #ozfiction. Maybe she has some suggestions! (edited) 4mo
readordierachel I loved this book so much ❤ 4mo
thebluestocking What a great sentence! I need to read this. 4mo
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Having just finished the book, I decided to watch the movie staring Ralph Fiennes as Oscar and Cate Blanchett as Lucinda. I loved the movie. This story worked better for me in visual form than in print. I was much more engaged in the relationship of Oscar and Lucinda. Thumbs up for this movie.

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CafeMom
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Read a book set in Oceania. #ReadingtheWorld #Hunsakermountain

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CafeMom
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Mehso-so

This book was a bit of a roller coaster. The beginning was a high for me, getting to know Oscar and his strict religious father as well as Lucinda and her mother. These formidable years were probably my favorite part of the book. As the two main characters grew I lost interest, there was so much introspection. I normally like a book that is all about the journey and not the destination but this one had too much of a journey for me. #1001books

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I adored this. Yes, it‘s a love story of sorts, but the scope is much larger than that. Nature, religion, socioeconomic status, colonization, and women‘s rights and place in society are all woven into the backdrop.

Oscar and Lucinda are some of the most well-drawn characters I‘ve ever read. They breathe and sweat and fidget. I knew them, and I loved them. ⬇️

readordierachel Carey's sentences can be long and meandering, and his narrative often gets sidetracked. But all the tangents and minute details taken together create such a rich reading experience. He makes you work for it, but it's worth it. 6mo
AntoinetteBuchanan One of my all time favourite novels 6mo
readordierachel @AntoinetteBuchanan one of mine now, too 💕 6mo
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mom2bugnbee Pretty sure I need to see this movie, also! Hello, Ralph Fiennes! 6mo
readordierachel @mom2bugnbee I watched it just yesterday. It's pretty true to the book. And Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett are 😍😍 6mo
vivastory But the end of the book!! It made me scream! So real & honest, even if frustrating! 6mo
Cathythoughts Ralph Fiennes ♥️. I have to see this too. I never read though ... stacking 👍🏻 (edited) 6mo
Cathythoughts I already have it on kindle 🤦🏻‍♀️👍🏻👍🏻 6mo
readordierachel @vivastory I know! 😭 Somehow I'd blocked that out from the movie. Was not expecting it! At first I was really mad. But you're right, it was more real. And although it was so fucking sad, at least Lucinda sort of had a happy ending in the long run? 6mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts I hope you love it 💕 6mo
charl08 I should try this again: gave up on it when I first got it. 6mo
readordierachel @charl08 I hope you have better luck with it 🤞🏼🤞🏼 6mo
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"...but why must she always hold herself back? They would have her tie silk rope between her ankles so she would move in a fettered way...
She would obviously be wise to take his advice, to leash herself in. But she was everywhere leashed in, in any case. It was the condition of her adult life to feel it. She refused the conventions of whalebone and elastic, but still she was squeezed and blistered, pinched and hobbled."

AntoinetteBuchanan One of my favourite books 6mo
readordierachel @AntoinetteBuchanan It's such a lovely read! So much rich character detail. 6mo
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Last night alone in a new (to me) city, so I decided to take myself out for dinner (with Oscar and Lucinda). This is one of those rare times when I really like the movie tie-in cover. They did a good job, I think. Usually I'm staunchly against. Also, I adore this book so far.

vivastory Have you seen the movie? I watched it when it first came out & remember liking it. My copy is also a movie tie-in cover I purchased at a used bookstore. I didn't even realize until I was about a third of the way through that it's signed by Carey! 7mo
readordierachel @vivastory yes, and same. I saw it and liked it when it came out but haven't seen it since. I will definitely rewatch when I finish. That's so cool that you have a signed copy! Have you read anything else by him? The Secret History of the Kelly Gang sounds good. 7mo
vivastory I read that one a couple of months ago & loved it. Those are the only two I have read by him. 7mo
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vivastory Enjoy your dinner BTW! 🍷 7mo
readordierachel @vivastory Oh good, I'll have to try that one next. Thanks! 🥂 7mo
Tanisha_A I like how you party! 😀 7mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A 😁🤚🏼 7mo
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"Death came at him like a ghost in a dream, transmogrifying, protoplasmic, embracing, affectionate, was one minute cold and wet like his father's oilskin, so he shrank from it and cried out in his sleep, pushing the tight-bunched flannel sheet into the pit of his stomach, and then sometimes it was warm and soft and wore the unfocused smile of his mother."

My goodness, this writing. I'm enthralled.

merelybookish The writing in this book is fantastic! 8mo
Aimeesue Excellent read! 8mo
readordierachel @merelybookish @Aimeesue I'm really enjoying it! 8mo
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vivastory I loved this one 7mo
readordierachel @vivastory I haven't gotten very much farther in it, but I'm loving it too. 7mo
Gezemice wow, great writing! 7mo
readordierachel @Gezemice There are so many striking passages in this book! 7mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#australia #augustisatrip Haven‘t read these either.In fact , was in my local indie to get the photo.
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MrsMalaprop My husband‘s read the left one & I‘ve read the right 👍. But then we are Australian 😊. 1y
Leftcoastzen @MrsMalaprop I hope to get them , they both look good. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty covers!! 1y
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merelybookish I just read O&L a few months ago. Beautiful and kind of devestating! 1y
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I tried to read Bliss years ago - put me off Peter Carey for life! 1y
Leftcoastzen @merelybookish Good to know, sometimes I not up to that.😀 1y
Leftcoastzen @carolynM I haven‘t read any of his books, read the description of that one, challenging premise. 1y
Reviewsbylola Their covers are both amazing. But I‘m with @CarolynM I‘m pretty sure I loathed a book by him years ago and have stayed away ever since. 1y
arubabookwoman I loved The True History of the Kelly Gang. I haven‘t read Oscar and Lucinda, but enjoyed the movie. 1y
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM My husband is a big Carey fan & we have most of his books. I‘ve had Bliss on my TBR shelf for years because my husband recommends it. Will give it a go...one day. 1y
BarbaraBB I loved Oscar & Lucinda, but bailed on The Kelly Gang and didn‘t like Parrot & Olivier. Since then I‘ve stayed away from Carey! 1y
vkois88 👍👍👍 14mo
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merelybookish
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It's been a while since I read a book that is this good and this uncomfortable. 😲

Aimeesue I read this with a book group last year. Beautiful, horrible and unsettling. Great read! 1y
Lcsmcat I loved this book! 1y
merelybookish @Aimeesue @Lcsmcat I really like it and the writing is phenomenal. But they are so painfully awkward, it makes me ill-at-ease to read about them at times. 1y
Aimeesue @merelybookish Fair assessment! Sometimes I just want to push two characters together and say “Just talk it out, you two!” I had the same reaction to On Chesil Beach. 😋 1y
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SeeJaneRead
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Ooooh girl yes I know that voodoo. Lucinda gets it.

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I enjoyed this book populated with odd, quirky (by 19th century standards undoubtedly eccentric) characters fueled by passion & obsession. In a world organized by rigid sets of expectations & norms, both Oscar & Lucinda clearly long to be more than what society wants & expects them to be. Needless to say, this leads to trouble. Perhaps a bit long, the book is very well written—loved the ending—and worth a read if you enjoy historical fiction.

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“It was not like being in a ship at all, but like the innards of a reveted bridge, a great mechanical beast, the organs of an empire whose chimneys rose high into the Atlantic sky.”

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Bummer—not only did I NOT wake up early today, thereby enjoying some quiet reading time before the day really got started, but also I failed to do any reading!!! It was a day of running around and doing everything BUT reading. Fortunately, the day is winding down and better some late in the evening reading than none at all, right? Oscar and Lucinda have just met and I‘m eager to read what happens next.

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“It was a bright clear winter day—quite warm when you were sheltered from the wind—with small white clouds like old men‘s faces scudding across the sky.”

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The key to avoiding a reading slump—always mix it up. So, from a dark and atmospheric comic to a book that won the Booker Prize. I‘m heading off to 19th c. Australia. Be back soon!

ElishaLovesBooks This looks great! 2y
TracyReadsBooks @ElishaLovesBooks You can borrow it when I‘m done!!! 2y
Knightingale I should revisit this. I read it in high school and didn‘t see the draw of it at all. But I suspect now that I was just too young to really understand and appreciate it. 2y
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Lcsmcat
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October stats:
3 “paper” books
3 eBooks
4 audiobooks
No bad, given what‘s been going on in my life this month.

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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

I'm not sure how to review this novel accurately without spoilers, but I can say that the ending hit me over the head as unexpectedly as Mr. Smith's ax, and yet made perfect sense. Carey's prose is wonderfully quotable, and there's plenty of humor, but all in all it is a dark, dark, book.

LeahBergen This is one I've meant to read for years! 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen it's brilliant! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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"Her mind was dashing along corridors while she kept just ahead of it, slamming doors."

vivastory Loved this book 2y
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Lcsmcat
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I'm finally getting to settle in with my book and #snacks! #30daysofreadathon @DeweysReadathon

vivastory I love this book 2y
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Lcsmcat
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😂😂

Mdargusch Great relationship. It sounds like they have it all worked out! 😂 2y
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Lcsmcat
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This is on my TBR, so I can't review it, but I would say they are #coverlovers. #awesomeAutumnbooks @Jess7

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vivastory
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RealBooks4ever His Illywhacker is really great too! 2y
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Texreader Cool photo! 3y
Seshat @Texreader it is from the movie version which started a young Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett. 3y
Cinfhen I'd show up every Sunday...no problem 🙌🏻💚💙 3y
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Ubookquitous
Oscar & Lucinda | Peter Carey
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The awesome, Peter Carey - a favorite #AustralianAuthor
#fiercefeb

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AudreyMorris
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Some books I have yet to read that have been made into movies I have yet to see. #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

RealLifeReading I can't remember The Hours movie but the English Patient was lovely 3y
Mynameisacolour Loved both the Hours book & movie 💓 3y
Mamashep I so heart The English Patient - book and movie! 3y
Redheadrambles The English Patient I have watched so many times - I love illicit desert love affairs ❤️ 3y
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Sadly my copy has the dumb movie tie-in cover. That's what happens when you shop the Internet's cheapo grab bag. Ah well.

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Mcoun
Mehso-so

I'm not sure what to make of this strange tale. #historicalromance #Australia

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I had not heard of Prince Rupert's Drops prior to reading this book. After reading this chapter, I have the sense that they will be a significant symbol in the book.

"...that glass is a thing in disguise, an actor, is not solid at all, but a liquid, ...in short, a joyous and paradoxical thing, as good a material as any to build a life from".