Jack Maggs

Jack Maggs

by Peter Carey
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Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the nineteenth century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia. He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills of a hardened criminal, and he is risking his life on seeking vengeance and reconciliation.
Installing himself within the household of the genteel grocer Percy Buckle, Maggs soon attracts the attention of a cross section of London society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate. The writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. But Maggs is obsessed with a plan of his own. And as all the various schemes converge, Maggs rises into the center, a dark looming figure, at once frightening, mysterious, and compelling. Not since Caleb Carr's The Alienist have the shadowy city streets of the nineteenth century lit up with such mystery and romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679309796
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 02/22/1999
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Born in Bacchus Marsh, Australia, in 1943, Peter Carey lives in New York City with his wife and two sons. He is the author of five previous novels and a collection of stories.

Date of Birth:

May 7, 1943

Place of Birth:

Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia


Monash University (no degree)

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Jack Maggs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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An exciting and adventurous take on Great Expectations. This is what modern lit is all about.
ItsBelle More than 1 year ago
I don't know how this book got a 5-star review ... it was a waste of time. Don't bother. Parts were mildly interesting for the time period but overall it wasn't worth my time.
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skyemauch More than 1 year ago
This novel was a great read, it had many twists and turns and I was in suspense every page I turned. It is a great post-modern read and I suggest it to anyone who enjoys a bit of a psychological mystery!
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Jack Maggs is a wonderful-knitted novel. It¿s very sober in style and the accuracy of the prose is crystal-clear. Peter Carey is undoubtly Australia¿s most gifted writing of today, winner of two Booker Prizes and other awards. The story may be boring for some parts, but the prose works, catching your attention again and again. The story itself is very ambitious and worth to read. The descriptions are brief and effective. It¿s a well done read for all.