A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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"The two-time Booker Prize-winning author now gives us a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country-continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000 mile race, the Redex Trial. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in south eastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed school teacher who calls the turns and creeks crossings on a map that will remove them, without warning, from the white Australia they all know so well. This is a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, and then takes you some place else. It is often funny, more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s, this a world every American will recognize: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way. A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
ISBN: 9780735273887
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Dec 13, 2018

Enjoyed reading it for the historical perspective. It raised my awareness about the treatment of the Aborigines which I was ignorant of. I knew they were treated badly and still face discrimination but the extent of the abuse was eye-opening. I did have difficulty with the colloquialism which left me in the dark about certain passages and references but enjoyed the quirky characters and the description of the landscape of Australia in the early days. I'm glad I read it but can't recommend it enthusiastically.

Mar 16, 2018

Parallelling a lively and eventful Redux Trial race across the vast southeastern Australian is the journey of the main inhabitants of the leading car - Mr and Mrs Bobbsey and their navigator/neighbor Bachhuber. Carey takes us inside the lives of these colorful characters as well as exposing us to the social "norms" of the time through Bachhuber's discovery of his true roots. The race, the backstory, and lively turn of events make this a novel that is as unique as its characters.

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