Book: Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
#80 on the Telegraph’s 100 books everyone should read.
What is the story about?
I would like to say Oscar and Lucinda, but seeing that they only met page 270, not really convinced.
I usually average reading 2 novels a month, this took me around 4 months to finish. It was such a hard novel for me to finish as I didn’t feel any connection to it at all.
It was very confusing too. Each chapter is short, around 2 or 3 pages max; but each chapter has a different narrator or can jump between regions/time. It takes me awhile into a chapter to figure out what is actually going on or who/what I am reading about.
I almost feel bad for giving this book an F .. almost.
It shows that Mr. Carey tried his best, maybe he over tried. Mr. Carey himself says he was anxious while writing the novel. He says he “would take other books off the shelf to check my chapter length was ok.” Mr. Carey I am sorry to say that even though your chapter length was ok, your book length was not. The entire story could’ve been told in 100 pages or so, not 500.
The best way to describe what I feel about this is like watching an anxious cook who wants to get a Michelin star dish but ruins it by trying way too hard and overdoing it.
I can see that you tried, but i’m sorry to say Mr. Carey, you ruined your dish.
Wide Saragosa Sea by Jean Rhys.