no spoilers just synopsisa don t see the movie unless you read the booksomething gets really lost between the twob Excellent, simply excellent I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates superlative writing and a quirky story If every book were like this one, I would be in Heaven The prose is outstanding and these characters are simply so real I thought they d float off the page.Oscar and Lucinda is set both in England and in Australia in the 19th century In England, Oscar Hopkins is the son of a non Anglican, religious fundamentalist who is also a naturalist, and up until he is about 15 Oscar grows up with the reassurance that he is among the saved Oscar s mother died he lives with his father in a little village called Hennacombe in Devon, in an austere house with no ornamentation even the food is plain One Christmas one of the cooks feels sorry for the boy and makes him a Christmas pudding, complete with raisins a cherry the ostentatiousness of the pudding leads Theophilus Oscar s father to lose it and he hits Oscar, who is then forced to cough up the pudding Later, they are out wading in the ocean, and Oscar asks that God smite his father out of anger just then, Theophilus has an accident that cuts him on the leg Oscar realizes that he has to leave and the signs point to the Anglican Church We next find him at Oxford, at Oriel College, where he discovers gambling One thing leads to another and Oscar sets out to become a missionary in New South Wales but he has to go by shipa problem since Oscar has this immense water phobia It is on this voyage that Oscar meets Lucinda Leplastrier, returning to Australia, whose parents had died whose mother, before dying, had their land subdivided and sold and Lucinda was now an heiress living off the profits She is also the owner of a glassworks in Australia Lucinda is obstinate, headstrong like Oscar, she is a gambler The lives of these two people come together on the ship, then meet again after Oscar discovers that there is no Missionary Work to be done in New South Wales, and that he is to be assigned to a posh vicarage instead He meets Lucinda in a Chinese gambling house and things take off from there I won t say another word you really should read it for yourself.The writing is excellent the story is excellent and there are so many themes that are explored without the author ever losing track My only complaint the end came so fast it was a great ending but rushed that after having savored the story for so long I felt cheated However, the rest of the book was absolutely stunning and so rich so I can overlook this.Please try this bookI can totally see how it won a Booker. Well, I can see why Peter Carey has been compared to a contemporary Charles Dickens His characters and the world he creates have a similar eccentricity and inventiveness and energy Oscar s childhood is a sheer delight to read He s the son of an overbearing fire and brimstone preacher and marine biologist and there are some memorable images of the two of them on beaches searching for fossils in rock pools When his wife dies, Oscar s father takes all her clothes and throw them in the sea As a result Oscar has a deep seated phobia of salt water It smells like death to him At university he s nicknamed odd bodd and discovers he has a mania for gambling, a huge obstacle to his clerical ambitions Lucinda grows up in a hut in Australia She s a kind of pioneer feminist with an obsessive passion for glass She too is prone to gambling Like Oscar she has wild hair She and Oscar meet on a ship bound from the UK to Australia where Oscar is to begin missionary work What follows is a bittersweet romance of a wholly original nature They fuse their passions in the idea of building a church made wholly of glass This novel has it all a great plot, fantastic character development, brilliant writing the visual descriptions are consistently wonderful Absolutely recommended. @Kindle ï Oscar and Lucinda Ø Peter Carey S Booker Prize Winning Novel Imagines Australia S Youth, Before Its Dynamic Passions Became Dangerous Habits It Is Also A Startling And Unusual Love Story Oscar Is A Young English Clergyman Who Has Broken With His Past And Developed A Disturbing Talent For Gambling A Country Girl Of Singular Ambition, Lucinda Moves To Sydney, Driven By Dreams Of Self Reliance And The Building Of An Industrial Utopia Together This Unlikely Pair Create And Are Created By The Spectacle Of Mid Nineteenth Century Australia Peter Carey S Visionary Brilliance, And His Capacity To Delight And Surprise, Propel This Story To Its Stunning Conclusion She thought When we are two, they do not notice us They think us a match What wisdom does a mob have It is a hydra, an organism, stupid or dangerous in much of its behavior, but could it have, in spite of this, a proper judgement about which of its component parts fit best togetherPeter Carey, Oscar and LucindaA book to love A book to wade in, submerge into A novel that tempts one to grab it around the middle and squeeze, even as it dances away like a shadow It flickers like the quiet, mirrored Doppler effect of water flowing around a pair of swans It plays coy It trips backwards At times, it really IS too much But I still love d it The prose Beautiful The story Magnificent Worlds of glass, chance, love, passion, obsession, stars crossed, God, compulsion, sin, materialism and generosity of spirit Just like a coin spun tossed launched at midday into the sky will twist head over tails at once both reflecting and in turn blocking the sun this book twists between obsessive Oscar and compulsive Lucinda and spun wildly around a whole slew of characters and just spun there, suspended forever, threatening never to come down And then it did And it was glorious. This is a marvellous love story from Mann Booker prize winning author Peter Carey It is both about modern Australia and the love of these beautifully drawn protagonists and one that I must absolutely reread. 3.5 stars The story of 2 socially unacceptables, both of whom are gambling addicts and come into constant conflict with religion in very different ways Not a warming tale and only partly a love story with some plausibility issues While I personally did not connect, I am glad to say I have read Peter Carey.Honestly I found his writing style somewhat annoying The dialogue seems to drag on to the point of grating And, imo, he overuses the phrase he she thought, including repeated instances of several in a row over a page or so when it seemed one or two would do It was well structured and vividly descriptive. I definitely expected to like this book a lot than I did, based on another Carey novel I remember loving years ago True History of the Kelly Gang The difference, for me, comes down to tone and characterization While I liked the title characters in Oscar and Lucinda well enough, I wasn t terribly attached to either of them by the end And something about the tone of this novel I disliked there s a certain balance or in my opinion, imbalance between serious drama tragedy and comedy wit that seems trendy these days, which always rubs me the wrong way That s not to say that the combination of the two can t be brilliant and genuine, when done with less, well, smugness That s probably a terribly unfair description, but that s the word that comes to mind, along with jaded, guileful, practicedetc The ending, while I appreciate the realism, was a bit too deliberately crafted for shock and effect to resonate with me It s obviously a polarizing ending, and I can understand why some people would love how different and daring it is, just as others would consider it depressing and unsatisfying Personally, it just struck me as a too obvious attempt to be edgy I know I ve been pretty negative so far and maybe TOO negative, due to my own bias towards the tone and style I attempted to describe above but I actually did enjoy the book for the most part It s not one I would personally recommend, or ever re read, but it s interesting enough as a work of historical fiction.
How many ways you can tell a love story How many types of lovers are there in the world It tells about the two odd gamblers, Oscar Hopskins, a preacher s son and Lucinda, a heiress who buys a glass factory The first one is obsessive and the other one is a compulsive gambler They fell in love on their way to the 19th century Australia Lucinda challenges Oscar that he cannot move the glass factory to another town and Oscar accepts the challenge and the end is I don t know What I mean is if it justifies the means or if the slow build up the book is 520 pages and starts when Oscar was a little boy punished by eating Christmas pudding but earlier fantastic reviews here on Goodreads say that this reflect the way Australia was built as a nation and that the characters juxtaposes Australia and its people and who am I to argue with as the reviewers probably know this better than I do.There are many other memorable scenes Reading is a bit dragging Especially when I was done reading the book, I thought that this could be cut in a half and the story would still be the same if not enjoyable I have not seen the movie but I thought that given a choice I would like to see how they look like and all the fantastic images in my mind like the inverted cathedral This is my first time to read a Peter Carey novel but I thought that with those images making prints in my mind, I have no doubt of his skillful artistry in telling stories.I should read Peter Carey Thanks to 501 Must Read Books for making me buy this book technicolor and wide screen in scale and spectacle, quirky and consistently surprising in characterization and incident virtually a catalog of bizarre imagery, you are there historical detail, and way off center characters so many beautiful sequences linger on in the mind, so many wonderful characters, such a surprising lightness of tone, such gorgeous prose it all almost, but not quite, causes the reader to forget the bleakness at this novel s core strange, compassionate and, finally, transcendent oh the beautiful tragedy of it all there are so many wonderfully odd and evocative parts evocative an overused word but it fits this novel Carey is a generous and intelligent writer, one who does not stint on detail so much of it at times, some descriptive passages seem to be bursting at the seams and one who also knows exactly when dry, deadpan dialogue is required although a tragic story perhaps , it is also a mordantly amusing one as well the title characters of Oscar and Lucinda are bold creations they are endearing despite themselves Carey does not try to stack the deck by making them too loveable for me, one of the absorbing things about their individual characterizations was seeing the difference between anobsessive gambler Oscar and a compulsive gambler Lucinda i also loved how this novel places gender and race dynamics at the forefront but does not breathe down the reader s neck contstantly with the injustice of it all crazy Oscar and crazy Lucinda are rebels against society who don t particularly realize their own rebellious nature they just know that they are somehow different they don t particularly understand how society puts down blacks, women, and innovative square pegs but at some level, at times an unconscious one, they recognize injustice and try to fight against it, in their own small ways they are Beautiful Losers beautiful novel