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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Carey populates the novel with fantastical characters and fully immerses himself in Dickensian London with some vivid descriptive passages. Here, Maggs meets a writer who shares many of Dickens’ traits and who dabbles in hypnotism. The main character Philip Pirrip ,known as Pip, runs into a convict in the opening scene of the novel.

The prose was disappointing too. At the heart of the novel is the battle for caeey between Maggs and Oates. Both have disastrous private lives. Refresh and try again. jcak

Nov 09, Patrick rated it really liked it. Tobias and Buckle look on Maggs as a servant, themselves as masters: Is Maggs justified in believing this?

A power struggle, a double love story, a quest story, and a story of trickery and disguise. Carey’s complexities of plot also demonstrate gradually that Maggs is honest, fierce, and fabulously deluded. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Instead I found it belaboured and stilted. I loved this book! Th I enjoy a bit of mock-Victorian silliness but Jack Maggs is daft even by the standards of the genre. Please mqggs again later. But when he returns to find him, he meets instead the man who will become his author.

In this novel, ‘sciences’ that have now been discredited–somnambulism and physiognomy sp? He just wonders whether he’ll be up to catching it.

Jack Maggs Reader’s Guide

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. 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.

Maggs becomes involved as a servant in the household of Phipps’s neighbour, Percy Buckle, as he attempts to wait out Phipps or find him in the streets of London. How is this hubris punished—or is it?

Nearly gave up several times!! His adopted son lives next door. Henry, although he has enjoyed Maggs’ generosity is ashamed and scared of the convict.

There are enough Carey fans out there to make up for my disinterest. Is their shame justified? He is an inquisitive, methodical, quasi-scientist, who has a risky obsession with the ‘Criminal Mind’, for which he wants to be, like a traveller exploring a dark, unknown city, ‘the first cartographer’. Tobias Oates is the latest in Carey’s great line of self-inventive opportunists, creative gamblers.


View all 3 comments. Well, it was and it wasn’t. Buckle’s friend, Tobias Oates is an aspiring writer and amateur hypnotist.

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 and beheld, in the bright aura of the gas light, a golden bull and an overgrown mouth opening to devour him – the sign of his inn, the Golden Ox.

He gets exactly Dickens’s effect of being in a phantasmagoric dream and yet in an overpoweringly real physical world.

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I’m going to start with a disclaimer, I’m a fan of Peter Carey. So, I cannot make any clever comparisons between the two authors’ works or make any comment on Carey’s depiction of the obsessive author in this novel being like Dickens, I really don’t know enough to say. He becomes rich in Australia and I loved Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda but found this a bit disappointing.