30 Days in Sydney
A Wildly Distorted Account
By Peter Carey
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781596915695, 256pp.)
Publication Date: October 14, 2008
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“This is a fabulously idiosyncratic small masterpiece ... it’s so good it takes your breath away.”—Times (UK)
After living abroad for years, novelist Peter Carey returns home to Sydney and attempts to capture its character. Seeking the help of his old friends, Carey is soon drawn into their strange, anarchic worlds, each one orbiting the place he has come back to see. The result is a wild and wonderful journey of discovery and rediscovery as bracing as the southerly bluster that sometimes batters Sydney’s shores. Famous sights such as Bondi Beach, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains all take on a strange new intensity when exposed to the penetrating gaze of the author and his friends.
30 Days in Sydney offers the reader an enchanting glimpse behind the facades and the Venetian blinds of the city.
Peter Carey received the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda and again for True History of the Kelly Gang. His other awards include the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. His most recent novel His Illegal Self was published in 2008. Born in Australia in 1943, he now lives in New York, where he is the director of the Hunter College MFA program in creative writing.
"This is a fabulously idiosyncratic small masterpiece ... it’s so good it takes your breath away." —Times of London (UK)
"This is a hymn of praise to Sydneyand to its people. A little book, but an incredibly rich one." —Scotland on Sunday (UK)
"It is a vintage performance. He makes you want to get on the next Qantas flight out of Heathrow." —Evening Standard (UK)
"The writer in him gets truly hooked, and so does the reader … a book of fierce color and shape." —New York Times