Jack Maggs: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 368 pages
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The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the nineteenth century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia. He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills of a hardened criminal, and he is risking his life on seeking vengeance and reconciliation.
       Installing himself within the household of the genteel grocer Percy Buckle, Maggs soon attracts the attention of a cross section of London society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate. The writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. But Maggs is obsessed with a plan of his own. And as all the various schemes converge, Maggs rises into the center, a dark looming figure, at once frightening, mysterious, and compelling. Not since Caleb Carr's The Alienist have the shadowy city streets of the nineteenth century lit up with such mystery and romance.


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User Review  - PhilipJHunt - LibraryThing

Almost 20 years since publication, "Jack Maggs" retains its freshness. Its setting, in the increasingly remote and therefore increasingly romantic, past of Australian history helps (although footnote ... Read full review

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User Review  - PilgrimJess - LibraryThing

Homage to Dickens. This is the first book that I have read by Peter Carey and was recommended to it by a friend but whilst I can see why she and others liked it it just didn't really do it for me ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
17
Section 4
24
Section 5
29
Section 6
34
Section 7
37
Section 8
41
Section 25
180
Section 26
183
Section 27
189
Section 28
206
Section 29
210
Section 30
220
Section 31
223
Section 32
236

Section 9
61
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
86
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
108
Section 16
118
Section 17
122
Section 18
136
Section 19
142
Section 20
147
Section 21
159
Section 22
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Section 23
165
Section 24
172
Section 33
251
Section 34
259
Section 35
269
Section 36
274
Section 37
280
Section 38
296
Section 39
298
Section 40
324
Section 41
328
Section 42
332
Section 43
335
Section 44
337
Section 45
341
Section 46
344
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About the author (2007)

Born in Bacchus Marsh, Australia, in 1943, Peter Carey lives in New York City with his wife and two sons. He is the author of five previous novels and a collection of stories.


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