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Illywhacker * S I G N E D *: Carey, Peter

Illywhacker * S I G N E D *

Carey, Peter

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ISBN 10: 006015425X / ISBN 13: 9780060154257
Published by Harper & Row, 1985
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Stated FIRST Edition, FIRST Printing with publishers full number line in place. SIGNED by author on title page (signature only). A very tiny 'star' stamp (Rem. mark) on bottom edge, near spine (does not detract), else no markings. A lovely copy. Dust jacket is Very Good or Better with original price intact on front flap; has very minor crinkles along edges (no paper loss) with one minute chip at foot of rear flap fold. Mylar protected jacket.(International postage at cost due to weight. ). Bookseller Inventory # 000597

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Title: Illywhacker * S I G N E D *

Publisher: Harper & Row

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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While mainly concerned with the sordid adventures of con man Herbert Badgery, this novel is also a history of Australia in the twentieth century as seen through the career of the protagonist

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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.

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