Friday, April 30, 2010

An Australian in New York

Two-time Booker winner Peter Carey, a New York resident since 1990, has written his first book set in the United States, Parrot and Olivier in America. It got a starred review in Booklist, Library Journal said "this engaging book will be particularly appreciated by readers interested in early 19th-century American history, the French aristocracy, and emerging democracy", & Publisher's Weekly enthused "Richly atmospheric, this wonderful novel is picaresque and Dickensian, with humor and insight injected into an accurately rendered period of French and American history". Carey was also recently interviewed by the New York Times.

Peter Carey is the author of several works of fiction, including Theft: A Love Story (the book on CD, read by Simon Vance, was very good) & Oscar & Lucinda (which was also made into a movie). He is also the author of non-fiction, including Wrong about Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son, the story of their trip to Japan to meet manga artists and anime directors, including Yoshiyuki Tomino (Mobile Suit Gundam). At publisher Kodansha, they learned of manga's history, and touring Studio Ghibli, they encountered the "most famous anime director in the world," Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away).

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