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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How do the character and life of Dickens himself differ from that of Oates? I just can’t petet enough how much I enjoyed this novel.

Oates, however, has other plans, as he finds jjack Maggs a character from whom to draw much needed inspiration for a forthcoming novel which he desperately needs to produce. Maggs I loved this book! This sentence implies that earlier, she was neither slow nor dim-witted. Maggs says that he determined to “weave [Phipps] a nest so strong that no one would ever hurt his goodness” What a fabulous find. 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 jzck gentleman.

The story centres around Jack Maggs the equivalent of Magwitch and his quest to meet his ‘son’ Henry Phipps the equivalent of Pipwho has mysteriously disappeared, having closed up his house and dismissed his household. I mack want to say too much more about the book.

Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

Undoubtedly inspired by Magwitch’s story in Dickens, the modern-day Australian novelist Peter Carey has in Jack Maggs imagined a retelling of Magwitch’s tale. 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. It is basically a reworking of Dickens’ Great Expectations from the point of view of the convict, Jack Maggs Magwitch. It further victimises Maggs, a touch too much.

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’. Jack Maggs, a foundling trained in the fine arts of thievery, cruelly jakc and deported to Australia, has now reversed his fortunes—and seeks to fulfill his well-concealed, innermost desire.


Peter Carey’s latest novel, “Jack Maggs,” roars by with all the beauty and violence of a jak thunderstorm. But when he returns to find him, he meets instead the man who will become his author. Interesting to read a book about Victorians that is completely driven by dialogue, as opposed to the thick soup of expository language that is sometimes beautiful — such as in Bleak House — and sometimes awful — such as in Bleak House.

Oates, he can’t stop there – he’s thinking, how did that fatty-spot get on his shoulder? Learn More About Jack Maggs print.

Installing himself in the household of a genteel grocer, he attracts the attention of a cross-section of society. My advice to those wanting to read this – think of it as a study of Jack Maggs as a character, rather than reading with the shades of “Great Expectations” looking over your shoulder. So, I cannot make any clever comparisons between the two authors’ works or make any comment on Carey’s depiction of the obsessive peher in this novel being like Dickens, I really don’t know enough to say.

The year is and ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned crey to London from Australia. There’s a chap with dirty livery. Maggs pretends to be a servant and is soon invited to work for Phipps’ neighbor, Percy Buckle. Carey likes to peel the polite veneer off some memorably odious characters which usually makes for jafk reading does this enjoyment make me a bad person? He gains employment as a footman in a house run by a former fishseller who operates a kind of literary salon. Carey reproduces many of these conventions, but at the same time it is impossible to avoid the fact that he is a 20th century author that is, post-Marx, post-Freud, postmodern, post-imperial.

The cast of supporting characters are appropriately Dickensian but ha ‘Great Expectations’ is one of my favourite of the classics, and ever since reading ‘The true History of the Kelly Gang’ I believe Peter Carey is unsurpassable at his best. He gets exactly Dickens’s effect of being in a phantasmagoric dream and yet in an overpoweringly real physical world.


View all 8 comments. And as their various schemes converge, the captivating figure at the center is Jack Maggs himself, at once frightening, mystifying, and utterly compelling. Is their shame justified?

It was fun, funny, sad, frightening, clever and satisfying. Retrieved 20 October But Carey isn’t interested in calling attention to his own artistic sophistication. Carey is brilliant in dropping morsels along the way about Maggs as we’re drawn into Buckle’s and Petre household. Memorable characters and fantastic situations make this a gripping page-turner that is full of delicious surprises.

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When Jack finds his adopted son’s house empty, he takes employment next door in the chaotic household of a bookish grocer, who’s looking for a footman of exactly the right height to complete a matching set. It’s not as larded with grotesque figures as the original, but Carey creates some memorable coves – the asthmatic lawyer, the shyster doctor – to go along with the spirit of things. Sep 27, Adrienne Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oates makes a deal with Maggs to perform Somnambulism on Maggs in exchange for information on where to find a “thief-taker” so Maggs can find Phipps.

Books by Peter Carey. However jafk novel did drag slightly through the middle sections. Initially enthralling, this premise failed to sustain my interest eventually.

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Carey’s convict, instead, deported for burglary inhas made a lucrative career for himself as a brick-maker in New South Wales, enough to buy a house for the ‘orphing’ who befriended him. Running parallel to the narrative of Jack Maggs is the story of the novelist, Tobias Oates, clearly based on Charles Dickens, jjack encounters Maggs by chance in the household of a friend. Late one night I found myself without any late night reading material. Somehow I never felt his heart was in it.

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