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The Tax Inspector

Carey, Peter

ISBN 10: 0571166326 / 0-571-16632-6
ISBN 13: 9780571166329
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
The day Benny Catchprice was fired from the spare-parts department of Catchprice Motors by his aunt Cathy, was also the day that tax inspector Maria Takis arrived to begin her overdue audit of the family business. From the author of "Oscar and Lucinda" which won the 1988 Booker Prize.

Review:
From Granny Catchprice, who runs her family business--and her family--with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives to sixteen-year-old Benny, who dreams of transforming a failing automobile franchise into an empire--and himself into an angel--the Catchprices may be the most spectacularly contentious family since Dostoevsky's Karamozovs.  But when a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office enters their lives, the resulting collision becomes, in Carey's hands, masterpiece of coal-black humour and compassionate horror.

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Review:
" The Tax Inspector is a major work in style and vision...[Carey is] in the prime of his creative life..." -- The Montreal Gazette

"The sheer exuberance and heightened visual power of Mr. Carey's prose is, sentence by sentence, as brilliant and pleasurable as ever, no matter how dark his vision." -- The Globe and Mail

" The Tax Inspector is a lurid, funny, gritty novel." -- Jay McInerney

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Book Description: Faber and Faber 5 Aug 2004, London, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Review\nAn aunty sacks a nephew. First he wants revenge, and then he wants to be an angel. A strange close-knit family starts to fall apart along with its business while a pregnant auditor is uncovering the dirt. The dark and surreal novel from this Booker Prize winning Australian author does for middle-Australia what director David Lynch has done for middle-America. His writing is brilliant, depicting the atmosphere of a room with just the casual but evocative description of its smell. (Kirkus UK)\n\nFrom acclaimed Australian novelist Carey (Oscar and Lucinda, 1988; Illywhacker, 1985, etc.), a brilliantly realized, dark comedic story of a dysfunctional but ingenuous family. Most of the Catchprice family, including charismatic matriarch Frieda, live on the premises of their failing GM dealership in the Sydney suburbs. Frieda, who since girlhood has carried sticks of gelignite in her handbag, regrets that she never established the flower farm of her dreams, yet she acknowledges her responsibility for founding what became a succession of family enterprises. Daughter Cathy and son-in-law Howie have their hearts set on careers in country music, but Frieda won't let them or son Mort, who has his own dreams, leave. Only son Jack, a prosperous developer, and grandson Johnny, a Hare Krishna follower, have escaped. The Catchprices, though, are also a family of contradictions: "big ones for kissing and cuddling, but you could not predict them. You could not rely on them for anything important." And then there are the family skeletons, never fully acknowledged until the literally explosive climax. When young Benny, Mort's abused and troubled son, decides to transform his life and become an "Angel of Plagues," catharsis is inevitable. But the actual catalyst is provided by pregnant and unmarried Maria, the tax collector who comes to audit the books. The past is revealed; irrevocable decisions are made; and Benny, in love with Maria, creates his own bizarre scenario. Only the birth of Maria's baby amidst the resultant mayhem offers some hope. Powerful writing, and the Catchprices are all memorable, but the subtext of a wider corruption as insidious as that which maims this family seems more a reflection of fashionable angst than the reality of a country like Australia. Still, very good. (Kirkus Reviews) \n\nProduct Description\nThe day Benny Catchprice was fired from the spare-parts department of Catchprice Motors by his aunt Cathy, was also the day that tax inspector Maria Takis arrived to begin her overdue audit of the family business. From the author of "Oscar and Lucinda" which won the 1988 Booker Prize. Bookseller Inventory # 6c6b9add0f8accf4d0edf0e559f818ab

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