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A unique work of fiction from one of Australia's leading contempory writers.
Posted February 9, 2004
I struggled getting through the final twenty pages of this. Carey attempts to justify Harry's conversion from advertising snake to tree-hugging lover by writing about how unlikely the transformation is, yet it happens anyway. Extremely flat writing with a plot that fizzles mid-book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2001
Bliss is exactly that. An intoxicating story that foretells Carey's incredible eye for detail, continual ability to shock and surprise, wicked humor, and profound insight. The story of a man who dies on the first page for nine minutes. He is revived only to decide that he has died after all, and is now in a hell that very closely resembles his life. Only he is now aware of peculiar differences which are remarkably disturbing (don't think _Jacob's_Ladder_). As Harry Joy procedes through Hell (don't think Dante, either), he becomes more and more cognizant of the true nature of things. If you've read other Carey (most notably Oscar and Lucinda), you will be surprised by the upbeat nature of the book. This is not one that descends into a nightmare, but rather rises out of one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2013
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