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The Resource Theft : a love story, Peter Carey

Theft : a love story, Peter Carey

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Theft : a love story
Title
Theft
Title remainder
a love story
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Peter Carey
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Language
eng
Summary
Michael, a.k.a., "Butcher", Boone is an ex "very famous' painter: opinionated, furious, brilliant, and now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotional volatility. Alone together they've forged a delicate and shifting equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives on three-inch Manolo Blahnik heels.--[book jacket]
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Award
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2007.
  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2006.
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Twice a Booker Prize winner, Carey creates a whole new world in each novel, and nearly a new language, so fresh and transfixing are the voices of his narrators. And yet he has his signal preoccupations, primary among them a fascination with the demonic side of creativity and questions of authenticity and fakery, concerns that come to the fore in this barbed, intriguing art caper. Michael Boone, known in his small Australian hometown of Bacchus Marsh as Butcher in acknowledgment of his fathers trade, surpassed expectations and became a famous painter until he landed in prison. Just out, hes working feverishly, determined not to be distracted by Hugh, his somewhat frightening brother, or sexy, enigmatic Marlene. Hugh--a big, blustering, bumbling, and passionate fellow not quite right in the head yet plenty intelligent in his own way (he and Butcher alternate as narrators)--is his brothers albatross, and, perhaps, saving grace. Marlene turns out to be a cutthroat mastermind who gets the three of them into all kinds of complicated trouble. Carey is at his satirical best as he mocks the venality of the international art market, and at his most tender in his spirited portrayal of daring misfits who fled the confines of working-class life half mad with joy once they discovered the transformative power of art. -- Donna Seaman (Reviewed 03-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 14, p5)
  • /* Starred Review */ Two-time Booker-winner Carey (Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang ) returns with a magnificent high-stakes art heist wrapped around a fraternal saga. Butcher Boone is an all-id all-the-time Australian painter of enormous talent and renown. Now divorced and bankrupted by his former wife, who tired of his excesses, Butcher has been reduced to caretaking a remote estate for his largest collector. And since the deaths of his working-class parents, he has also been saddled with his beloved, bedeviling brother, Hugh, who, like Butcher, has a primarily pugilistic relationship with the world. One rain-flooded night, a chic young woman knocks on their door, having lost her way. She is Marlene, wife of Olivier Leibovitz, son and heir to an early 20th-century master. Soon the brothers are embroiled in an international crime investigation that eventually comprises forgery, vast sums of money and murder. None of this, however, distracts Butcher from his overpowering love affair with Marlene, which threatens to leave Hugh stranded in an unforgiving world. Scenes in Australia, Japan and New York feature unique forms of fleecing, but setting and action are icing on the emotional core of Carey's newest masterwork. 75,000 announced first printing. (May 12) --Staff (Reviewed March 20, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 12, p35)
  • /* Starred Review */ Michael Boone, a.k.a. Butcher Bones, is a formerly famous Australian painter of working-class background who has lost all of his art in an acrimonious divorce and now finds himself broke and exiled to a patron’s house in the outback. There, he tries to begin painting again while taking care of Hugh, his psychologically damaged brother and alter ego. Into this already tumultuous world stumbles the bright, beautiful, and amoral Marlene, a similarly self-made art authenticator with a tie to the estate of a famous painter. The two begin a love affair that helps Boone restart his career while at the same drawing him ever deeper into the more nefarious aspects of the art world. Theft is the overarching metaphor of the novel, covering everything from aspects of the artistic process, to the relationship between artists and collectors, to the art world generally, and it’s a metaphor that Carey (Oscar and Lucinda ) likely intends to extend into the world at large. Sharply observed, well written, and acerbically witty, this book will only further Carey’s reputation. Recommended for all public libraries.—Lawrence Rungren, Merrimack Valley Lib. Consortium, Andover, MA --Lawrence Rungren (Reviewed May 1, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 8, p76)
  • /* Starred Review */ The two-time Booker-winner's ninth novel is a feisty ironic comedy focused on a failed painter who'd give Joyce Cary's Gully Jimson a run for his money.If either of them had any, that is. Peter Carey's bilious protagonist Michael "Butcher" Boone is the intellectual black sheep of a rowdy Australian clan locally famous for its profession of slaughtering and marketing livestock and its predilection for booze-fueled misbehavior. When Butcher, some time after a prison term handed him for an art-related criminal rampage, considers taking up painting again, his semi-good intentions are foiled by two brazenly unconventional characters. His mentally challenged brother Hugh, a bearlike innocent who speaks an odd gnomic mixture of tearful nonsense and hair-raisingly imaginative na™f poetry, continues to assert urgent claims on his sibling's reluctant stewardship. Enter Marlene, a succulently sexual mystery woman with family ties to the mistress of legendary Picasso-like renegade painter Jacques Leibovitz. Seducing Butcher is child's play to this manipulative siren, who gradually involves the agreeably amoral artist in a trip to Japan (for an exhibition which, Marlene promises, will restore his celebrity), duplicitous recreations of canvasses produced by both Leibovitz and his wily mistress, Dominique, and ongoing tussles with the "art police" (specifically, Butcher's Javert, police detective Amberstreet)—all this in addition to the vague confusions endured by the helpless (though not at all clueless) Hugh. The serpentine plot is a brain-squeezing beauty, cunningly elaborated through the juxtaposed first-person narrations of Butcher and Hugh (a possible nod to Australian master Patrick White's novel about emotionally conjoined twins, The Solid Mandala). But it's the author's mastery of details of artists' lives and the racy energy of his prose that make this edgy, irreverent, often hilariously profane novel soar. In some ways a successor to Carey's impudent picaresque Illywhacker (1985), it's a certifiable hoot.Is the endlessly inventive Carey on the Nobel shortlist? He ought to be. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2006)
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1943-
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Carey, Peter
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9619.3.C36
LC item number
T5 2006
Literary form
fiction
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269 pages
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2005057987
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