Jack Maggs: A Novel [Peter Carey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the. The year is and ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned illegally to London from Australia. Installing himself in the household of a genteel grocer, he attracts . In Jack Maggs, Peter Carey has written a twentieth-century, post-colonial Dickens novel, in an imaginative and audacious act of appropriation.

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View all 6 comments. It’s a highly interesting combination of powerful style and weak characters. Dickens’s lovable Pip has been turned into Carey’s unlovable Henry Phipps. Obviously there’s difference in names, but the main players – Maggs, Phipps and Oates – are stand-ins for Abel Magwitch, Pip, and Dickens himself. Carey manages to get into the heart and bowels of Victorian London and his descriptive skill is as sharp as ever. T his strange, bold, gripping, and wonderful novel is the story of a power-struggle, a double love-story, a quest-story, and a story of trickery and disguise.

He is the thief who will make use of whatever comes his way. His work always pays attention to the wretchedly overlooked: Two of the themes Jack Maggs returns to again and again are those of guilt and shame.

Petdr book is another interpretation of an existing work. Nov 09, Patrick rated it really liked it. However the novel has something intangible missing, that something that makes you think about the novel and what it had to say for days or weeks afterwards. Carey has wonderful characters. Henry, although he has enjoyed Maggs’ generosity is ashamed and scared of the convict.

Another really good book sort of based on Great Expectations. But it’s also a quick, enjoyable read even if you just skim the surface and stick to the plot. A recently unpacked copy of Jack Maggs stared back at me from our book shelves. Somehow I never felt his heart was mmaggs it. A servant in the writer’s house explains her master’s obsession with others’ lives. What a fun book to ,aggs Pip’s re-birthing as the cold-hearted, homosexual cad Mr Phipps is grist to the post-colonial mill.


Read it Forward Carfy it first. His task is to shed his false consciousness and understand that his true destiny lies in Australia. What are the implications of a contemporary Australian novelist harking back to nineteenth-century English traditions?

What betrayals has each of them committed? Though he left Australia as a successful man, his stay there began in the penal colony decades earlier. Trouble is, I read this book when I was Carey’s characters are torn between the compulsion to reveal themselves and the anxiety of exposure. Carey is more open than Dickens could be and we have homosexuality, sexual passion, the brutality of the prison system, child prostitution and the abortion trade.

Th I enjoy a bit of mock-Victorian silliness but Jack Maggs is daft even by the standards of the genre. Personally though I had hoped to get caarey from this than I did. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This is a story of horrible secrets, risky confidences, and romantic entanglements.

He is an entertainer who has ‘a great talent for all kinds of dialects and voices, tricks, conjuring, disappearing cards, pantomime performances’. It’s not jaxk direct crib, more an exploration of the feeling of the original.

In he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University. Entangled in a relationship with his wife’s sister, struggling to survive financially, and always looking for new material, Oates becomes fascinated with the convict’s violent history, almost to his own undoing.

It’s a commentary on the appropriation of identity and the inherent dangers that lie in the dictatorship that it entails. However the “ending carries a heavy load of Dickensian sentimentality”. Unlike Great Expectations however, the convict’s story is the central narrative of the book, rather than that of the epter gentleman he has secretly fostered.


As Lyotard argues in The Postmodern Condition, science constructs a series of narratives to explain natural or observed phenomena and then cardy these narratives as truth.

Great extrapolations

He’s a wealthy guy looking for a Henry Phipps, but Phipps has fled his home. He’s a wealthy guy looking for a Henry Phipps, but Phipps has fled his hom I’m going to start with a disclaimer, I’m a fan of Peter Carey. Just as English playwright Tom Stoppard plucked Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from the periphery of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” so Carey has created a stunning story about the convict who surreptitiously adopts Pip in Charles Dickens’s “Great Expectations.

It was, to be precise, six of the clock on the fifteenth of April in the year of that those hooded eyes looked out the window of the Dover coach Dedication: The time, the s. Just what you would think or I would think, but Mr. Through all the brilliant contrivance and literary panache comes a profound sadness, looking with tenderness at peculiar humans.

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Carye task is to shed his false consciousness and understand that his true destiny lies in Australia. But Jack Maggs is not a man of enough action. The Big Bazoohley There are powerful scenes of how Maggs was forced into thievery at a young age including being forced down a chimney to open the door to the thieves.

I suspect the reason behind this was that that work was set in the same period as some of the other to my younger self fusty works but brimmed with self-confidence and interest. The Victorian passion for mesmerism and magnetism and there is some wonderful tomfoolery around this.