Edition: Hardback
ISBN: 9780571253296
Published:
No of pages: 464

Other Editions: Paperback Paperback

Parrot and Olivier in America

£18.99

From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author, an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville, and an irrepressibly funny portrait of the impossible friendship between a master and a servant.

Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatised child of survivors of the Revolution; Parrot the son of an itinerant English printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be joined by their travels in America.

When Olivier sets sail for the New World - ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, and their picaresque travels together and apart - in love and politics, prisons and the world of art - Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.

Peter Carey interviewed by the Comrie Book Group (via BBC)

Tags  

Categorised as: Fiction
Sub-categories: General Fiction
Places: America
Genres & Themes: Discovery; Friendship; America; Democracy; Picaresque
Related Articles: Q & A with Peter Carey

The Bastard Boy
James Wilson

Ned Gudgeon wakes to find himself in a cell. He has no idea where he is or how he came to be there, but - seeing ...

The Chemistry of Tears
Peter Carey

An automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet, a secret love story, and the fate of the warming world are all brought ...

The Street Sweeper
Elliot Perlman

On the crowded streets of New York City there are even more stories than there are people passing each other every day ... only some of ...

The Wilding
Maria McCann

In her second novel Maria McCann returns to 17th-century England, where life is struggling to return to normal after the horrific tumult of the Civil ...

Newsletter Sign-up

Keep in touch with all the latest news and events from Faber Social by signing up for the newsletter. Sign up here.

Free UK P&P

On orders over £25.00 (see conditions)