book cover of Parrot and Olivier in America
Added by 8 members

Parrot and Olivier in America

A novel by

Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author: an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early-nineteenth-century America.

Olivier - an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville - is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English engraver. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be joined by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.

When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States - ostensibly to make a study of the penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from one more revolution - Parrot will be there, too: as spy for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier.

As the narrative shifts between Parrot and Olivier - their adventures in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and brave new lands - a most unlikely friendship begins to take hold. And with their story, Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy with dazzling inventiveness, and with all the richness and surprise of characterization, story, and language that we have come to expect from this superlative writer.

Genre: Historical

Visitors also looked at these books

Used availability for Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America

About Fantastic Fiction       Information for Authors