If, in some post-Marxist utopia, obesity were declared counterrevolutionary, how would a houseful of fat men strike back? If it were possible to win a new body by lottery, what kind of people would choose ugliness? If two gun-toting thugs decided to take over a business—and run it through sheer terror—how far would their methods take them?
These are the questions that Peter Carey, author of The Tax Inspector and Oscar and Lucinda, brilliantly explores in this collection of stories. Exquisitely written and thoroughly envisioned, the tales in The Fat Man in History reach beyond their arresting premises to utter deep and often frightening truths about our brightest and darkest selves.
About the Author
PETER CAREY is the author of thirteen previous novels. In addition to the Booker Prize, his honors include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for more than twenty-five years.
Date of Birth:May 7, 1943
Place of Birth:Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
Education:Monash University (no degree)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Crabs:This story starts off slowly, but turns out OK.Peeling:This story advocates some interesting life views but soon becomes a nightmare.She Wakes:A very short story about an unfulfilled relationship.Life & Death in the Southside Pavilion:One feels very sorry for the horses in this story.Room No. 5 (Escribo):This is quite a good story and raises some interesting questions. Who is the smiling lady? Where did she come from? Why is she there? The answers to these questions are left to us to surmise.Happy Story:A very interesting story about the desire for flight.A Windmill in the West:The story of a lonely soldier's slow descent into madness.Withdrawal:This was a great story about the owner of an antique store with macabre taste.Report on the Shadow Industry:A surreal story about the sale of "shadows" and the problems and addictions that result. This story takes third place in the collection.Conversations with Unicorns:Is death a gift or a curse? Sometimes the fact that we can help doesn't mean that we should... I give this story second place in the collection.American Dreams:The story of one man's revenge on a small American town.The Fat Man in History: This is my favourite story in the collection. An interesting experiment in social dependency.Overall, these stories are a little odd (some are just downright weird) but they each have an important message to impart. Most importantly they are all enjoyable to read. In my opinion the three best stories in this collection are (in order) The Fat Man in History, Conversations with Unicorns and Report on the Shadow Industry.