Unlikable characters with sad love-deprived pasts who make poor decisions and waste their time and money in hapless gambles. I don't understand the mindset and reading the book was like hearing about somebody's nightmare.
realized I had seen movie so decided not to read
Beautifully written, mesmerizing.
This wonderful piece of literature not only won the Booker prize the year it came out, it was also short-listed for the Best of the Booker. Mr. Carey may be one of the most gifted writers on the planet ... as one critic thoughtfully noted: "Carey writes some of the best sentences in English." So true. Extremely strong character development here and Dickensian plot. Loved Oscar ... hands-down my favourite fictitious character ever!
I heard good things about this book and really wanted to like it, but it was a hard read for me and ultimately, I lost interest before I finished the book. The characters are interesting but the style of writing is too detailed, to the point where I just don't care to know anymore. The story revolves around their religious beliefs, which also didn't interest me. The book is approx 4-5oo pages, can't remember exactly, but I read over 300 pages before I gave up.
This is an engrossing, rollicking tale peopled with unforgettable characters, from sensitive Oscar and feisty Lucinda to a range of unique villains and oddballs.
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