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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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Oscar and Lucinda (1988)

Oscar and Lucinda (1988)

(p.72) 5 Oscar and Lucinda (1988)
Peter Carey

Bruce Woodcock

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses Carey's most popular novel so far: Oscar and Lucinda. It states that the novel contains a self-conscious comedy and strangely magical quality that attracts readers almost immediately. It also reveals that this novel used historical narrative, which was a new element in Carey's repertoire. Oscar and Lucinda is also an anti-love story and stresses that relationships in Carey's fiction are generally full of gaps in understanding between people. This chapter also considers the theme of isolation within relationships that dominates the short period of the novel where Oscar and Lucinda are together.

Keywords:   Oscar and Lucinda, self-conscious comedy, historical narrative, anti-love story, relationships, isolation

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