A Long Way from Home: A novel
In author Peter Carey’s new novel A Long Way from Home, he explores 1954 Australia.
With this mad dash of a literary novel, filled with wild humor and wilder car races, Irene Bobs and her husband, Titch, in an effort to escape from Titch’s domineering father and open their own car dealership, enter the Redex Trial. Their semi-disgraced neighbor, William Bachhuber, accompanies them as their navigator on this a brutal race that punishes both cars and men.
While hilarious, A Long Way from Home is also a poignant view of how white culture dominated the indigenous culture of Australia. Racism here is not limited to natives but is also experienced by William as a German living ten years after the war and the Bobs, as people of small stature. The language is rich, and as such does take some attention on the part of the reader, but it is a compelling read once one gets used to the back-and-forth first-person narratives between Irene and Willie. Once one becomes accustomed to their individual voices, as in any novel, the book smooths right out. Peter Carey is, as always, a masterful storyteller, and this book should definitely meet readers’ expectations. All characters in this story are, in some way, a long way from home.
|Page Count||336 pages|
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