Viata mea clandestina Che e un pu ti de apte ani care a crescut al turi de bunica lui aristocrat ntr un apartament din Upper East Side iar Dial o frumoas hipiot pasionat de literatur cu idealuri progresiste C nd aceast

  • Title: Viata mea clandestina
  • Author: Peter Carey Vali Florescu
  • ISBN: 9789736893667
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Che e un pu ti de apte ani care a crescut al turi de bunica lui aristocrat ntr un apartament din Upper East Side, iar Dial, o frumoas hipiot pasionat de literatur , cu idealuri progresiste C nd aceasta intr n via a celor doi, lucrurile iau o ntors tur neb nuit , care l proiecteaz pe micul Che ntr o lume total nou Av nd ini ial un simplu rol de intermediere Che e un pu ti de apte ani care a crescut al turi de bunica lui aristocrat ntr un apartament din Upper East Side, iar Dial, o frumoas hipiot pasionat de literatur , cu idealuri progresiste C nd aceasta intr n via a celor doi, lucrurile iau o ntors tur neb nuit , care l proiecteaz pe micul Che ntr o lume total nou Av nd ini ial un simplu rol de intermediere ntre Che i adev rata lui mam , Dial se va converti, treptat, n figura matern nde lung a teptat de copil Periplul lor include fuga de poli ie, camuflarea identit ii reale a lui Che, nt lnirea cu mai multe comunit i hipiote, pe fundalul unei Americi tulburi, cea a anilor 60 La sf r itul unui montagne russe de nt mpl ri care contamineaz cititorul cu suspansul lor, r m ne ntrebarea va reu i Che s i reg seasc familia legitim sau, dimpotriv , va alege clandestinitatea, care i a oferit ansa s tr iasc pe viu ceea ce al ii afl numai din c r i Peter Carey este unul din cei doi scriitori al turi de J M Coetzee care au ob inut Man Booker Prize de dou ori De asemenea, a primit patru Miles Franklin Awards Via a mea clandestin e o evocare fascinant i inteligent a Americii de la finele anilor 60, dublat de o poveste de iubire cea dintre un b ie el t njind dup p rin ii lui absen i i o t n r al c rei sentiment nea teptat pentru el i schimb complet via a.

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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information.Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943 He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived In 1961 he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware of He was nineteen For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends, working in many advertising agencies in Melbourne, London and Sydney After four novels had been written and rejected The Fat Man in History a short story collection was published in 1974 This slim book made him an overnight success From 1976 Carey worked one week a month for Grey Advertising, then, in 1981 he established a small business where his generous partner required him to work only two afternoons a week Thus between 1976 and 1990, he was able to pursue literature obsessively It was during this period that he wrote War Crimes, Bliss, Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda Illywhacker was short listed for the Booker Prize Oscar and Lucinda won it Uncomfortable with this success he began work on The Tax Inspector In 1990 he moved to New York where he completed The Tax Inspector He taught at NYU one night a week Later he would have similar jobs at Princeton, The New School and Barnard College During these years he wrote The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Jack Maggs, and True History of the Kelly Gang for which he won his second Booker Prize He collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders In 2003 he joined Hunter College as the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing In the years since he has written My Life as a Fake, Theft, His Illegal Self and Parrot and Oliver in America shortlisted for 2010 Man Booker Prize.

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    1. Another mis matched audio read I picked this up not knowing what else to choose I have made a list since, of books on my tbr, so I will not make a mistake like this again I do look forward to the 20 or so books I have noted down for myself Literary fiction is not my choice, but I have wanted to try this Aussie author for some time as I own a couple of his Amnesia is the only one that comes to mind, although I am certain there are .As I was not engaged with this one, I ended up missing key plot p [...]


    2. Che Selkirk is a boy whose parents, members of the increasingly violent Students for a Democratic Society, have both disappeared, leaving him with his very rich grandmother At the age of eight, a woman that Che recognises as his mother suddenly arrives and kidnaps him, taking him from New York to Australia This is how the book begins, and Che s adventure through hunger, love and loss becomes almost a coming of age tale as he starts to understand who he is and where his future lies On the simples [...]


    3. I was captivated in many ways with this unusual story, often moved in surprising breakthroughs, but for the most part unfulfilled by the mash up of perspectives and non linear narrative.We have a precocious and lonely seven year old boy, Che, being raised by a wealthy grandmother in New York, who through a confusing series of events, ends up hiding out in a semi jungle region of northern Queensland, Australia, with his former babysitter housekeeper, Dial He s a real trooper, very resilient He ye [...]


    4. Worthy of another Booker prize No.Fascinating with some literary merit Yes.Carey tells this tale mainly from two characters perspectives a boy son grandson, Che or Jay, and a mother kidnapper revolutionary, Dial or Anna Confused Try reading the novel The prose isn t necessarily dense, but it often demands rereading phrases or sentences in order to interpret what, exactly, is happening in the novel Carey never uses quotation marks, which, surprisingly, isn t the cause of the confusion He, instead [...]


    5. I don t often get to the point when I decide I can t read any but I did with His Illegal Self I had been looking at this book for a long time and finally picked it up to read What I found was extremely confusing Who is the boy Who is his mother Is his father really the Che How is the grandmother involved Is his mother really his mother or someone else and what or who is she hiding from Then the mother sacrifices herself but did she really The story jumps around locations and time periods, the ch [...]


    6. Peter Carey is one of the few authors whose works I ve read in their entirety I ve enjoyed some very much and others were blown away by I think he should get at least as much attention and fame as Ian McEwan However, His Illegal Self is a misstep The novel reads like a draft something quick and dirty that Carey had to get out to the publisher in order to fulfill a contract having already spent the advance There s nothing to hold on to in this book if character makes plot then there s no story as [...]


    7. loving this bookwritten with such emotion i want to reach and hug or smack the characters far too frequently i really enjoyed this book it was so easy to connect with the characters in this book like or hate themthe story is about a woman who steals a child in America, kind of by accident and then lands up on the run with him, in Australiae book very beautifully shows the relationship between this woman and the boy, as well as the relationships they both have with the odd hippies they land up li [...]


    8. This is not one of Peter Carey s better efforts It seems to be one of those books that delights in making it as difficult as possible for the reader to follow the story First, we have no punctuation marks on the conversations OK, I can put up with that if I must Then we have the chapters being told from different viewpoints the child or the mother who appears not to be the mother without making that clear OK, so I can get used to that as well, once I realize what s going on But add to that the t [...]


    9. Peter Carey s usual mix of something a little bit mysterious and criminal, and something ironically funny, His Illegal Self is a great little comical romp involving an inadvertent kidnapping Che He insists on being called Chay whereas his grandparents call him Jay is snatched from his wealthy grapndparents custody by a friend of his outlaw mother ostensibly for a short visit When the mother unexpectantly dies, the friend, an Ivy League student from Australia named Dial , panics and takes him bac [...]


    10. Carey is such a beastly writing god that I can almost ignore the fundamental implausibility of the impetus behind the central plot This isn t a work of fantasy or even magical realism it falls firmly into the modern realist camp, but in places it does have a woozy, dreamy feel, coupled with a storyline that doesn t quite make sense Why, exactly, would Anna abandon her job What happened to Susan What s the deal with the dad Why Australia What the hell is going on with all of these nasty hippies C [...]


    11. I am a huge Peter Carey fan huge I can t tell you how disappointed I was in this book I couldn t see the character, I couldn t find the voice, I didn t see the connections, and don t get me to talk about the ending, how predictable I m sorry, Peter, but I don t want you to use bits of your old books either I will give an extra star to the place they end up living and the grandmother Both of these are well described and alive, for me.


    12. I had the exact opposite problem with this book that I did with the last book I read The problem with this book is that the story is good It s interesting, if a bit cliche, but it takes some turns that intrigued The problem is the writer is not a terribly good writer.I know it s in vogue not to use quotation marks, but if you re virtually incapable of distinguishing between your characters voices, it s probably necessary It s not that the character s were unbelievable, but they seemed to all thi [...]


    13. Peter Carey s latest novel tells the story of eight year old Che, the son of SDS radicals long since gone underground for crimes against the state, who is cared for by his wealthy grandmother When the grandmother regretably gives Che over to a young woman the boy believes to be his mother, events spiral out of control and before you can say g day the boy finds himself living on a hippie compound in a fecund corner of Australia Carey handles the child s perspective quite well and the characters C [...]


    14. confusing, implausible, curiously apolitical, utterly obsessed with loose breasts bouncing around within shirts as a motif of countercultural affiliation, and festooned with symbols of Emotional Moments while failing ever to make the characters emotionally believable read Dana Spiotta s superior Eat the Document instead.


    15. I will not finish reading this book in protest of the CHEAP novelist s tactic of introducing a beloved pet only to kill it later for emotional effect For once, can t we have a puppy or kitten that makes it through the whole story and is last seen curling comfortable in its bed at the end of the novel I can only hope a stingray s barbed tail pierces your cold, cold, kitten hating heart, Peter Carey, and that this book shows up on remainder shelves very soon.


    16. If you re a Peter Carey fan and you should be watch what you read about his compulsive new novel Even the dust jacket risks spoiling the effect of this alternately gripping and disorienting story The usual problem for reviewers is trying not to give away the end, but here the danger lies in giving away the beginning His Illegal Self is front loaded with shocks and twists that gradually fade into a contemplative tale of disrupted lives Like two of his previous novels, My Life as a Fake 2003 and T [...]


    17. It took me so long to start this book It just sat on my bedside table gathering dust I m so glad that I finally read it Che is the son of two revolutionaries political agitators The story is set in the 1970s Che lives with his grandmother in New York and never sees his parents All of his information is based on what he has heard from a teenaged neighbour so Che understands that his parents are seen as dangerous and are perhaps underground but he doesn t really know what this means Then one day, [...]


    18. Lessons from the OutbackIt is 1972 Almost eight year old Che Selkirk has been brought up as an orphan prince, living with his rich grandmother in a Park Avenue apartment and on a private lake in New York State He does not remember either of his parents, founders of a Weathermen like group at Harvard, now hiding from the law So when a young woman appears at the door and his grandmother allows him to go with her, Che assumes that this is his mother As virtually all other reviewers have found, it i [...]


    19. Looking through some of the reviews on this book shows a real diversity of experiences Even the story itself is a thing in question Carey has jammed a lot of ambiguity into His Illegal Self and it starts in the first chapter.I jumped into this and became totally bewildered After about 40 pages I assumed the fault was mine so I put the book down and started again some days later But it is bewildering, it s not me About as confusing as an eight years old being kidnapped by a fake mum with a code n [...]


    20. Carey, Peter HIS ILLEGAL SELF 2008 Carey is an excellent writer, having twice won the Booker Prize for fiction This novel is no exception It is the story of a young boy caught between two cultures and alternative sets of parents His biological parents are active in some facet of a revolutionary underground, constantly in hiding, and wanted by the police Their son, Che or Jay , now lives with his grandmother in New York s upper East Side The grandmother hires a part time caretaker for Jay This t [...]


    21. It s just chance that I read two Peter Carey novels in a row While I appreciated the difference in period and setting between this and Parrott Olivier, I found His Illegal Self to be a lesser work A young boy named Che lives in New York in the 70s with his wealthy grandmother, who has raised him after gaining custody from his Sixties radical mother The bulk of the story concerns what happens when Anna aka Dial arrives to take Che to see his mother Plans change, and the two end up in Australia Pa [...]


    22. Born in Australia, now living in New York, author, Peter Carey, is the only contemporary literary author I enjoy reading.His Illegal Self is an enchanting, sometimes frightening story of the profound love between a young woman, Dial, and a little boy, Che.In His Illegal Self, Peter Carey explores the protest movement of the 60s and 70s Che is brought up in New York by his wealthy grandmother The troubled son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties, he dreams of being with his [...]


    23. Peter Carey doesn t disappoint with His Illegal Self Che is the son of underground 60s radicals who lives a privileged life with his wealthy grandmother and waits for his parents to liberate him When that happens, he goes underground, too Only, nothing is as it seems Myths crumble Underground is Down Under, and the wilds of Australia are much a police state than the American one Che s parents made a reputation opposing Living free comes with a lot of rules and expectations Larger than life figu [...]


    24. uh I had tried this book a few years ago and gave up This time got it as a downloadable audiobook, so managed to get to the end.Mostly I was fascinated with the idea of a two time Booker prize winner I had sort of liked Parrot and Olivier But this oneIntrigued by the US 60 70 political turmoil, I was very much taken by the premise of a child of two SDS members being accidentally kidnapped and having to go underground Back story of several family members, Park Ave apartment, Harvard, Vassar etc T [...]


    25. Intriguing writing by Peter Carey, although the lack of punctuation was irritating and confusing at times.The novel has a distracted quality The shifts of time and perspective become less purposeful and organised As Dial has trouble with her neighbours and the father figure as manifested by Trevor is thrown into the mix the energy goes out of the storytelling.Antagonisms and misunderstandings muddy the waters The different angles are not fully explored and the emotional aspect of the dramatic op [...]


    26. I wanted to like this There were parts that were amazing, but it just seemed messy Kind of a throw away novel that allowed Carey to unpackage ideas around the American radical left and the Students for a Democratic Society SDS and Australian hippie communes seriously, hippie commune negotiations don t get interesting in fiction, I don t care HOW good of a writer you are Throughout this setting, Carey sketches rough ideas about family, heritage, mothers, money and sons Underneath it, I think Ca [...]


    27. I think I now understand why this book got such mixed reviews The story itself was quite gripping but only once I got used to the very strange and confusing way that it was written It was difficult to figure out who was who and what was what, partly due to the writer s lack of punctuation and partly due to the overly poetic style It was not always obvious which voice was communicating so that took a big of figuring out I think this book will only be memorable to me for it s strangeness


    28. I was halfway through this book before I fell in love with it The first half I fought with the narrator Who the hell is telling this story anyway It s part boy and part kidnapper Part memory and part here and now Part dreamy and part all too real reality Part stinky hairy armpit and part old money, ivy league s the only way martini breath And then deep in the bush of Australia with penises peaking at me like mushrooms I was captured by Peter Carey s lovely prose.


    29. I m not sure what I think of this book I definitely liked it The metaphors and imagery are beautiful The characters were well developed But I m on the fence about whether I think the story was actually interesting I d say 3.5 out of 5 stars bookedupandbossy


    30. Interesting book While I thought some of the plot aspects were far fetched, I was compelled to keep reading to the end Rich language, interesting settings, emotional impact at least for me Peter Carey s books tend to stay with me even when I find some aspects of them difficult or jarring.


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