The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith (Paperback)
Vintage, 9780679760368, 432pp.
Publication Date: January 30, 1996
Into that world comes Tristan Smith, a malformed, heroically willful, and unforgivingly observant child. Tristan's life includes adventure and loss, political intrigue, and a bizarre stardom in the Voorstand Sirkus, where animals talk and human performers die real deaths. The result is a visionary picaresque, staggering in its inventions, spellbinding in its suspense, and unabashedly moving.
Praise For The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith…
"Irresistible...intimate and theatrical...supple and surprising.... We're in the hands of a master storyteller." —Carol Shields, author of The Stone Diaries
"Carey has vaulted to the top ranks of writers in the English-speaking world.... Tristan has an appeal that transcends geography." —Newsday
"Carey's always magical, absolutely lovable narrative voice makes The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith an important contribution to contemporary fiction.... No matter what he decides to write or how he decides to write it, it's a priviledge to read him." —Carolyn See, Washington Post Book World
"Savage and hilarious...dazzling." —The New York Review of Books