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30 Days in Sydney

30 Days in Sydney

(2001)
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With admirable enterprise, Bloomsbury books have asked a number of top writers to describe the city they love most; 30 Days in Sydney represents Peter Carey's turn with a unique take on the Aussie metropolis.

Subtitled "a wildly distorted account" it is pretty much that: an oblique, poignant, entertaining and rather candid look at the city. Using his prize-winning novelist's eye for telling detail, and the objectivity of the relative outsider (Carey has spent the last decade in New York, and he hails from Melbourne), the author shows that Sydney is not just about sun, sports, gay sex and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It's also about endangered wildlife, painful history, militant agnosticism and, above all, a wilful, dogged, brave, funny, cantankerous citizenry. As Carey trots around town we get to meet a few of these hard-bitten "diggers"; their individuality and orneriness are deftly sketched.

If there is a criticism of the book it's that it's all too brief. 240 smallish pages is a diminutive canvas on which to paint a portrait of such a diversely sprawling place. One might, for instance, have wished to know more about multicultural Sydney, and perhaps a bit more about the cockatoos and koalas which yet inhabit the city's remoter reaches. But this is still an agreeable pocket companion for anyone intending a trip to the Big City Down Under. --Sean Thomas

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2015 : USA Hardback
Title: 30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account (Writer and the City)
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-63286-376-6 / 978-1-63286-376-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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September 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: 30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account (Writer and the City)
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-58234-166-4 / 978-1-58234-166-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2001 : UK Hardback
Title: 30 Days in Sydney: The Writer and the City (The writer & the city)
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-7475-5500-1 / 978-0-7475-5500-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2001 : USA Hardback
Title: 30 Days in Sydney
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-641-60117-4 / 978-0-641-60117-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: London: Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

October 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: 30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-59691-569-2 / 978-1-59691-569-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: 30 Days in Sydney: The Writer and the City
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-7475-9688-3 / 978-0-7475-9688-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: 30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account
Author(s): Peter Carey
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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