9780307263728

His Illegal Self

Carey, Peter

ISBN 10: 030726372X / 0-307-26372-X
ISBN 13: 9780307263728
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Hardcover
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When the boy was almost eight, a woman stepped out of the elevator into the apartment on East Sixty-second Street and he recognized her straightaway. No one had told him to expect it. That was pretty typical of growing up with Grandma Selkirk . . . No one would dream of saying, Here is your mother returned to you.

His Illegal Self is the story of Che—raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother, he is the precocious son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties. Yearning for his famous outlaw parents, denied all access to television and the news, he takes hope from his long-haired teenage neighbor, who predicts, They will come for you, man. They’ll break you out of here.

Soon Che too is an outlaw: fleeing down subways, abandoning seedy motels at night, he is pitched into a journey that leads him to a hippie commune in the jungle of tropical Queensland. Here he slowly, bravely confronts his life, learning that nothing is what it seems. Who is his real mother? Was that his real father? If all he suspects is true, what should he do?

Never sentimental, His Illegal Self is an achingly beautiful story of the love between a young woman and a little boy. It may make you cry more than once before it lifts your spirit in the most lovely, artful, unexpected way.

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Book Description: Knopf, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Peter Carey''s enthralling new novel is psychologically taut [and] starkly beautiful . . . It marks a departurean altogether successful onefor the versatile author . . . Here, the world he inhabitsthe protest movement of the '60s and '70sis both familiar and recent. You might think this would constrain Carey's creative powers, but if anything, it has concentrated them. His backdrop is no less exotic for its realism, and his close portrait of the relationship between one benighted woman and the child who depends on her is exquisite, enlarging the story beyond the frame of its epoch." New York Times Book Review "Magnificent . . . His Illegal Self is a novel of narrative complexity and blindingly direct emotion . . . Carey has created three alluring, unexpected, and intensely moving characters who do not so much reveal themselves as transform themselves into revelation . . . Here he achieves the texture and human depth he reached in Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs, perhaps his two best. Except that His Illegal Self is better." Richard Eder, Boston Globe " His Illegal Self develops the kind of emotional impact that renders it enriching and satisfying . . . Carey is still the master . . . The genius of the novel is his portrayal of Che." Washington Post Book World "Carey's often beautiful novel, one of his best recent works, has the bruising tang of all his fiction . . . The result is brilliantly vital . . . On the second page, we [are] caught by a voice, and held for the next two hundred pages . . . Funny and forlorn." James Wood, The New Yorker "Carey once again proves himself to be a master of perspective . . . Visceral and beautifully written . . . Carey reminds us of a time in America when people risked everything for a cause, for the dream of a better country. Ultimately, though, His Illegal Self is a love storyone between a young boy, longing for a love from his past, and a woman whose unexpected love for a boy forever alters her fate." San Francisco Chronicle "Carey is a prose Pied Piper, a dazzling stylist whose work possesses mythic elements. Once he launches into a tale, he's always worth following . . . Carey enters fully into the character of Che, who is neither snarky nor cloying [but] utterly compelling . . . The story moves along at a thriller's pace." Miami Herald "Reading this novel is like peering at the human heart, at the world itself, through the distorted precision of a magnifying glassone carried in the pocket of a seven-year-old boy . . . One of the wonders of Carey's work is that his great, urgent narratives, so turbulent, so dark, so grand, are at the same time animated by such conscious and playful craft, as well as by a profound comic awareness . . . His Illegal Self , like his other work, is an adventure story for the modern, tormented soul." Cathleen Schine, New York Review of Books "A beautiful new novel . . . Carey''s stark language imbues the narrative with suspense, and his characters feel absolutely real. He''s crafted an unconventional love story that''s a striking portrait of the counterculture''s dregs." People (4 stars, critic's choice) "Carey is a thoroughly modern writer, smashing genre boundaries, ranging in tone from wild comedy to grim tragedy, viewing the past with a decidedly contemporary eye and firmly placing late 20th century adventures in social and cultural context. This breadth of experience and abilities enriches Carey's latest novel.'" Los Angeles Times Book Review "Carey has a matchless imagination. His novels are hallucinogenic in their visual intensity and breathtaking in their Dickensian plot twists . . . The supreme gift to the reader is Carey's portrait of a scared little boy who becomes brave. [It's] the best reason to pick up this novel, sit down and not get up until it's done." Seattle Times "Carey's gift for creating voices is so real that we can almost hear the words. This gift adds to our d. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_030726372X

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