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The Tax Collector

Carey, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0679404341 / ISBN 13: 9780679404347
Published by Knopf, 1992
Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket Hardcover
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New York. 1992. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 30. hardcover. Signed by The Author. 0679404341. keywords: May 7. inventory # 24823. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Granny Catchprice runs her family business (and her family) with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives. Her daughter Cathy would rather be singing Country & Western than selling cars, while Benny Catchprice, sixteen and seriously psychopathic, wants to transform a failing auto franchise into an empire-and himself into an angel. Out of the confrontation between the Catchprices and their unwitting nemesis, a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office, Peter Carey, author of Oscar and Lucinda, creates an endlessly surprising and fearfully convincing novel. Bookseller Inventory # 24823

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Title: The Tax Collector

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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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" 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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