Parrot and Olivier in America (Google eBook)
Parrot and Olivier in America has been shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.
From the two-time Booker Prize–winning author comes an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early nineteenth-century America.
Olivier—an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.
When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States—ostensibly to make a study of the penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from one more revolution—Parrot will be there, too: as spy for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier.
As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, between their picaresque adventures apart and together—in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and brave new lands—a most unlikely friendship begins to take hold. And with their story, Peter Carey explores the experiment of American democracy with dazzling inventiveness and with all the richness and surprise of characterization, imagery, and language that we have come to expect from this superlative writer.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Parrot and Olivier in AmericaUser Review - Mike Tarasovic - Goodreads
I liked this book a ton, and wish I could give it more than four stars without giving it five, which I'm reserving for books that just absolutely blow me away. Goodreads, can we get a 100-point scale ... Read full review
Review: Parrot and Olivier in AmericaUser Review - Vera Alder - Goodreads
A good book needs to be more than a good story. It needs to have language that entices. Add a dash of history and I'm hooked. Parrot & Olivier in America gave me everything I love in a book, but that ... Read full review