Bliss

Bliss

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by Peter Carey
     
 

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Bliss was Peter Carey's astonishing first novel - a fast-moving extravaganza, both funny and gripping, about a man who, recovering from death, is convinced that he is in Hell. For the first time in his life, Harry Joy sees the world as it really is and takes up a notebook to explore and notate the true nature of the Underworld.

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Bliss was Peter Carey's astonishing first novel - a fast-moving extravaganza, both funny and gripping, about a man who, recovering from death, is convinced that he is in Hell. For the first time in his life, Harry Joy sees the world as it really is and takes up a notebook to explore and notate the true nature of the Underworld.

As in his stories and some of his later novels, it is Peter Carey's achievement in Bliss to create a brilliant but totally believable fusion of ordinary experience with the crazier fantasies of the mind. This powerful and original novel is a love story about a man who misunderstands the world so totally that he almost gets it right.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679767190
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Bliss 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.