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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Jack Maggs by Peter Carey. Jack Maggs msggs Peter Carey. 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 the attention of a cross-section of society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate.
Writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. Maggs, peterr figure both frightening and mysteriously compelling, is The year is and ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned illegally to London from Australia. Maggs, a figure both frightening and mysteriously compelling, is so in thrall to the notion of a gentlemanly class that he’s risked his life to come back to mqggs torturers. His task is to shed his false consciousness and understand that his true destiny lies in Australia.
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Jack Maggs does not fail to satisfy on that level – and it is about a tenth the s a tidy, pleasant entry within the wildly popular Victorian Mystery subgenre. Jack Maggs does not fail to satisfy on that level – and it is about a tenth the size of most of its kin. Jack Maggs does no disservice to Pip’s fearsome benefactor; the novel is almost an ode to that character.
View all 8 comments. Jun 14, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: An almost 4 stars rounded up This is an intelligent reworking of Great Expectations from the point of view of the convict; the eponymous Jack Maggs. Carey has a habit of doing this in his novels. Carey populates the novel with fantastical characters and fully immerses himself in Dickensian London with some vivid descriptive passages.
Jack Maggs returns from Australia in secret he h An almost 4 stars rounded up This is an intelligent reworking of Great Expectations from the point of view of the convict; the eponymous Jack Maggs.
Jack Maggs returns from Australia in secret he has been transported for life ; just before he was transported an orphan boy Henry Phipps did him a good turn and Maggs has become his benefactor allowing him the life of a gentleman.
In this novel, unlike the original the Pip or Phipps character is thoroughly unlikeable. Maggs takes a position as a footman to bide his time and is brought to the attention of a struggling writer Tobias Oates in actuality Dickens. The plot takes many twists and turns and vividly drawn minor characters come and go with great frequency. Carey is more open than Dickens could be and we have homosexuality, sexual passion, the brutality of the prison system, child prostitution and the abortion trade.
There are powerful descriptions of Maggs as a child being taught how to steal and being sent down a chimney for the first time. The Victorian passion for mesmerism and magnetism and there is some wonderful tomfoolery around this.
There is plenty of melodrama, violence, twists and turns, an unlikely and surprising heroine, lots of secrets some confessed, some notgrief and loss. The poor and downtrodden and their lives feature heavily as they do in Dickens. Carey is an Australian author and although this is an homage, it is also, I think a counterblast and a spot of revenge done with a good deal of verve and panache. This is an enjoyable reworking that trundles along at a great pace; an enjoyable and not too demanding read.
Jul 04, Tim rated it liked it Shelves: I loved Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda but found this a bit disappointing. It’s a variation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and while Carey strips all sentimentality from the tale he doesn’t succeed in plumbing the depths of human nature that Dickens did.
It often comes across as a rather flippant novel, a bit of fun. As in Great Expectations we have the convict Maggs and his devotion to a young boy who shows him kindness when he is on his way to Australia. He becomes rich in Australia and I loved Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda but found this a bit disappointing. He becomes rich in Australia and grants the boy a generous yearly stipend.
The trouble starts when Maggs returns to London, wanting to make himself known to the young man he considers his son. For me, the best parts of this book were the flashbacks to Jack’s life of crime as an orphan child when he is cajoled by a Fagan-like character to break jqck to elegant houses by climbing down the chimneys.
The adult Maggs and his adventures interested me less.
He gains employment as a footman in a house run by a former fishseller who operates a kind of literary salon. Here, Maggs meets a writer who shares many of Dickens’ traits and who dabbles in hypnotism. His adopted son lives next door. The exuberant implausibility of Oscar and Lucinda was one of its magnificent achievements; the implausibility magvs parts of this novel, on the other hand, was irritating, sometimes veering jak pantomime.
The prose was disappointing too. It was like Carey was writing this as a pastime. Somehow I never felt his heart was in it. View all 4 comments. Time and place were chosen specially to make this magnificent stylization to Charles Dickens particularly credible. With a passion he barely understood himself, he named it, mapped it, widened its great streets, narrowed its dingy lanes, framed its scenes with the melancholy mxggs of his childhood.
In this mxggs, he invented a respectable life for himself: He had gained caery name for comic tales. He had got himself, along cagey way, a little belly, a friend who was a titled lady, a second friend who was a celebrated actor, a third friend who was a Knight of the Realm, a fourth friend who was an author and tutor to the young Princess Victoria.
He did not dare look down, so far had he come. Until this morning, when his fun and games had killed a man. Then the pteer had cast him out, and this criminal, this outcast, had felt himself free to pick him up and shake him as though he were nothing but a rabbit.
And in the end good wins as it always should… Jan 20, Brian rated it it was amazing. A post-colonial reworking of the story of Great Expectations, Jack Maggs is the tale of a transported convict who returns secretly to England to see Henry Phipps, the adopted son whose education he has financed. Unlike Great Expectations however, the convict’s story is the central narrative of the book, rather than that of the young gentleman he has secretly fostered.
Jack Maggs has perer very little kindness in his life and this does not change when he finally meets up with Henry.
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He returns to A post-colonial reworking of the story of Great Expectations, Jack Maggs is the tale of a transported convict who returns secretly to England to see Henry Phipps, the adopted son whose education he has financed. He returns to Australia after the meeting having witnessed the destruction of the dream he had nourished for so many years. Running parallel to the narrative of Jack Maggs is the story of the novelist, Tobias Oates, clearly based on Charles Dickens, who encounters Maggs by chance in the household of a friend.
Entangled in a relationship with his wife’s sister, struggling to survive financially, and always looking for new material, Oates becomes fascinated with the convict’s violent history, almost to his own undoing.
I never find Peter Carey an easy read. Nonetheless, this is a richly textured book, full of resonance. The language is muscular, the voice compelling and the whole thing seems to be attended by a dark energy that brings the story and jcak characters to life with startling clarity For Alison Author’s Note: The author willingly admits to having once or twice stretched history to suit his own historical ends.
It was a Saturday night oeter the man with the red waistcoat arrived in London. Pdter 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 xarey Dover coach Dedication: 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 maggx, the Golden Ox.
Instead I found it belaboured and stilted. There are enough Carey hack out there to make up for my disinterest. View all 5 comments. Apr 13, Michael Shilling rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Interesting to read a book about Victorians that peteg completely driven by dialogue, as opposed to the thick soup of expository language that is sometimes beautiful — such as in Bleak Kaggs — and sometimes awful — such as in Bleak House.
And on that note, Carey doesn’t write like Dickens at all; with Carey, you don’t the intense highs and lugubrious lows, but you do cary to start a book you may actually finish. Dec 28, Maria Thomarey rated it liked it. Nov 05, Subiaco Library rated it liked it. An inspired Carey set out to write Jack Maggs. Maggs is a Magwitch type character and there is also Tobias Oates, writer and practitioner of magnetism hypnotismwho is an analogue of Dickens. At first I found Jack Maggs to be compelling pete.
Carey uses short episodic chapters that keep the narrative ticking along.
However the novel did drag slightly through the middle sections. Initially enthralling, this premise failed to sustain my interest eventually. You can easily visualise the dirty streets and smell the gas from faulty streetlights in the air. Carey has also done his research, with all kinds of strange little facts from the era cropping up in the narrative.