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Because of a love for Carey s True History of the Kelly Gang I picked up this book at a library used book sale, and it sat in a box for over a year.Late one night I found myself without any late night reading material A recently unpacked copy of Jack Maggs stared back at me from our book shelves.What a fabulous find The period, setting, and characters are often compared with Dickens, but they so exceed Dickens 2 dimensional approach.I stayed up much later than late to find out the mysterious Because of a love for Carey s True History of the Kelly Gang I picked up this book at a library used book sale, and it sat in a box for over a year.Late one night I found myself without any la Interesting to read a book about Victorians that is completely driven by dialogue, as opposed to the thick soup of expository language that is sometimes beautiful such as in Bleak House and sometimes awful such as in Bleak House And on that note, Carey doesn t #FREE DOWNLOAD ⛄ Jack Maggs õ The Year IsAnd Ex Convict Jack Maggs Has Returned Illegally To London From Australia Installing Himself In The Household Of A Genteel Grocer, He Attracts The Attention Of A Cross Section Of Society Saucy Mercy Larkin Wants Him For A Mate Writer Tobias Oates Wants To Possess His Soul Through Hypnosis Maggs, A Figure Both Frightening And Mysteriously Compelling, Is So In Thrall To The Notion Of A Gentlemanly Class That He S Risked His Life To Come Back To His Torturers His Task Is To Shed His False Consciousness And Understand That His True Destiny Lies In Australia Time and place were chosen specially to make this magnificent stylization to Charles Dickens particularly credible Now, each day in the Morning Chronicle, each fortnight in the Observer, it was Tobias Oates who made the City of London With a passion he barely understood himself, he named it, mapped it, widened its great streets, narrowed its dingy lanes, framed its scenes with the melancholy windows of his childhood In this way, he invented a respectable life for himself a wife, a babe, a Time and place were chosen specially to make this magnificent stylization to Charles Dickens particularly credible Now, each day in the Morning Chronicle, each fortnight in the Observer, The story goes that Peter Carey read Charles Dickens s Great Expectations and felt that the convict character Magwitch, as an example of an early Australian, was treated badly Carey also thought that perhaps Dickens s had known a person like Magwitch and had unfairly exploited his misfortune An inspired Carey set out to write Jack Maggs Maggs is a Magwitch type character and there is also Tobias Oates, writer and practitioner of magnetism hypnotism , who is an analogue of Dickens.At first I The story goes that Peter Carey read Charles Dickens s Great Expectations and felt that the convict character Magwitch, as an example of an early Australian, was treated badly Carey also thought that perhaps Dickens s had known a person like Magwitch and had unfairly exploited his misfortune An inspired Carey set out to write Jack Maggs Maggs is a Magwitch type 3,5 Dedication For AlisonAuthor s Note The author willingly admits to having once or twice stretched history to suit his own historical ends.Front quote ia a lengthy extract from Du magn tisme animal 1820 by Armand Marie Jacques de Chastenet, Marquis de Puys gur.Opening It was a Saturday night when the man with the red waistcoat arrived in London It was, to be precise, six of the clock on the fifteenth of April in the year of 1837 that those hooded eyes looked out What a fun book to read I was thoroughly caught up in the story and in the weirdness of Carey s Dickensian characters I was especially delighted to dislike Percy Buckle at first, then to like him and think him nobel for saving poor Mercy Larkin I thought he would be a kind of traditional Dickensian minor hero then to despise him evenfor learning what he does to her, and finally to laugh at him as he encounters his injured front door And yet, somehow, I feel pity for him as Mercy sees What a fun book to read I was thoroughly caught up in the story and in the weirdness of Carey s Dickensian characters I was especially delighted to dislike Percy Buckle at first, then to like him and think him nobel for saving poor Mercy Larkin I thought he would be a kind of traditional Dickensian minor hero then to despise him evenfor learning what he does to her, and finally to laugh at him as he encounters his injured front door And yet, somehow, I feel pity for him as Mercy sees his weaknesshis loss An almost 4 stars rounded upThis is an intelligent reworking of Great Expectations from the point of view of the convict the eponymous Jack Maggs Carey has a habit of doing this in his novels The Unusual life of Tristan Smith relates to Sterne and Oscar and Lucinda is a reworking of Gosse s Father and Son Carey populates the novel with fantastical characters and fully immerses himself in Dickensian London with some vivid descriptive passages Jack Maggs returns from Australia in secret he A post colonial reworking of the story of Great Expectations, Jack Maggs is the tale of a transported convict who returns secretly to England to see Henry Phipps, the adopted son whose education he has financed Unlike Great Expectations however, the convict s story is the central narrative of the book, rather than that of the young gentleman he has secretly fostered Jack Maggs has known very little kindness in his life and this does not change when he finally meets up with Henry He returns to A post colonial reworking of the story of Great Expectations, Jack Maggs is the tale of a transported convict who returns secretly to England to see Henry Phipps, the adopted son whose education he has financed Unlike Great Expectations however, the convict s story is the central narrative of the book, rather than that of the young gentleman he has secretly fostered Jack Maggs has known very little kindness in his life and this does not change when he finally meets up with Henry He returns to Australia after the meeting having witnessed the destruction of the dream he had nourished for so many years.Running parallel to the narrative of Jack Magg