Another great read from the Booker Prize winner. Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatised child of survivors of the Revolution, while Parrot is the son of an English printer who always wanted to be an artist but ended up a servant. This is a picaresque tale of how their lives become intertwined by their travels in America. As usual with Carey, expect the unexpected!
Olivier is an aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for America, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, and their picaresque travels together and apart - in love and politics, prisons and the world of art - Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.