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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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The Unusal Life of Tristan Smith (1994) and The Big Bazoohley (1995)

The Unusal Life of Tristan Smith (1994) and The Big Bazoohley (1995)

(p.108) 7 The Unusal Life of Tristan Smith (1994) and The Big Bazoohley (1995)
Peter Carey

Bruce Woodcock

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses two of Carey's novels, namely The Unusual Life of Tristan Smithand The Big Bazoohley. The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith is the strangest of all of Carey's novels and serves as his return to the overt alternative world-building found in the early stories. It identifies some of the issues addressed by this novel, which also addresses the question of the contradictory legacy of the imperial process. The Big Bazoohley, on the other hand, marks Carey's attempt at children's literature. This chapter shows that this novel uses the idea of adventurous risk-taking as its main idea.

Keywords:   alternative world-building, imperial process, children's literature, adventurous risk-taking, Tristan Smith, The Big Bazoohley

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