Ellan Read

sometimes witty book reviews

Oscar and Lucinda


I once saw a house which has a room specifically built to look like the glass church that Lucinda manufactured and Oscar built. I figured any book that inspired someone to dedicate a whole room of their house to it was worth reading. Also, Cate Blanchett plays Lucinda in the 1997 film adaptation.
*swooning*

Set in the late nineteenth century, Oscar is Englishman who travels to Australia after much trouble with religion, gambling and university. Lucinda is a country Australia, Billingen girl who inherits a fortune and buys a glassworks. They meet on a steamship to Sydney.

To whet your appetite: the glass church floats, people are murdered, Lucinda and Oscar play (many,many hands of) cards, there’s a trip to the Outback, some more scandal and a lot of London toff slang.

Peter Carey, the creator and tormentor, somehow manipulates his protagonists’ lives in such a way that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. He also makes it  impossible to describe any sort of plot without ruining one of the many thrilling twists and turns.

I often threw the book down in consternation, only to snatch it back up again. Oscar and Lucinda (1988) is Australian literature at it’s most palatable; positively delicious.

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