Thursday, February 02, 2006

My Life as a Fake * Peter Carey

Using a notorious Australian literary hoax of the 1940's and Mary Shelley's gothic novel "Frankenstein" as a springboard, Peter Carey turns on the power of his creative imagination to produce an extraordinary modern literary horror story. Stylishly written, with a wildly inventive, fantastical plot and wide-ranging settings across continents from London to Australia to Malaysia, My Life As A Fake is a distinctive addition to the fictional world of Peter Carey (if you've never read The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, you have indeed a great treasure awaiting you).
This book works both on the level of the story it tells, and on the level of the issues it raises about the relation of art to its creator. Not only that, but the novel is also a genuine page-tuner. My heart thumped in my chest as I raced to uncover the truth as I neared the end of the book.

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