Publisher: Harper & Row
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1985. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 600 pages. August 1985. hardcover. Jacket painting by Robert Crawford. Inscribed by The Author. 006015425x. keywords: Literature Australia. inventory # 15803. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In Australian slang, an illywhacker is a country fair con man, an unprincipled seller of fake diamonds and dubious tonics. And Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of Peter Carey’s uproarious novel, may be the king of them all. Vagabond and charlatan, aviator and car salesman, seducer and patriarch, Badgery is a walking embodiment of the Australian national character - especially of its proclivity for tall stories and barefaced lies. As Carey follows this charming scoundrel across a continent and a century, he creates a crazy quilt of outlandish encounters, with characters that include a genteel dowager who fends off madness with an electric belt and a ravishing young girl with a dangerous fondness for rooftop trysts. Boldly inventive, irresistibly odd, Illywhacker is further proof that Peter Carey is one of the most enchanting writers at work in any hemisphere. Bookseller Inventory # 15803
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