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Bruce Woodcock

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719043604

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719043604.001.0001

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Bliss (1981)

Bliss (1981)

(p.38) 3 Bliss (1981)
Peter Carey

Bruce Woodcock

Manchester University Press

This chapter studies Carey's first published novel, Bliss, which capitalised on the success of his stories. This novel presents the scenario of hippies versus capitalists and is characteristically eclectic. This chapter examines the elements of allegory and satirical comic fantasy in the novel, as well as the distinct combination of the clipped prose style and idiosyncratic imagery. It notes the study of the illusion of normality and the related issues of personal responsibility and considers the nature of capitalist delusions. This chapter also considers the various roles of the characters in Bliss.

Keywords:   Bliss, hippies, capitalists, allegory, satirical comic fantasy, imagery, prose style, illusion of normality, personal responsibility, capitalist delusions

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