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Paperback  ☆ Bliss eBook Á
  • Paperback
  • 354 pages
  • Bliss
  • Peter Carey
  • English
  • 13 May 2017
  • 0571249744

Bliss[Download] ➸ Bliss Author Peter Carey – Essayreview.co.uk This novel, by the author of Oscar and Lucinda, tells the story of 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 real This novel, by the author of Oscar and Lucinda, tells the story of 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 note down the true nature of the Underworld.


About the Author: Peter Carey

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name See this thread forinformationPeter Carey was born in Australia in He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School He was a student there between and after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived In he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware of He was nineteen For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends, working in many advertising agencies in Melbourne, London and Sydney After four novels had been written and rejected The Fat Man in History a short story collection was published in This slim book made him an overnight success From Carey worked one week a month for Grey Advertising, then, in he established a small business where his generous partner required him to work only two afternoons a week Thus between and , he was able to pursue literature obsessively It was during this period that he wrote War Crimes, Bliss, Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda Illywhacker was short listed for the Booker Prize Oscar and Lucinda won it Uncomfortable with this success he began work on The Tax Inspector In he moved to New York where he completed The Tax Inspector He taught at NYU one night a week Later he would have similar jobs at Princeton, The New School and Barnard College During these years he wrote The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Jack Maggs, and True History of the Kelly Gang for which he won his second Booker Prize He collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders In he joined Hunter College as the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing In the years since he has written My Life as a Fake, Theft, His Illegal Self and Parrot and Oliver in America shortlisted for Man Booker Prize.


10 thoughts on “Bliss

  1. says:

    So a friend of mine is going to Greece soon and a friend of his collects honey and I tried some and told her it was the nicest honey I had ever tried which was true no exaggeration at all My friend leaves next week and I thought it would be nice to send over a book with him to the honey collector BUT, and I struggle to believe this is true, this book is out of print in Australia This isn t a book by What s His Face No Name this is Bliss by Peter Carey What other nation does this to t So a friend of mine is going to Greece soon and a friend of his collects honey and I tried some and told her it was the nicest honey I had ever tried which was true no exaggeration at all My friend leaves next week and I thought it would be nice to send over a book with him to the honey collector BUT, and I struggle to believe this is true, this book is out of print in Australia This isn t a book by What s His Face No Name this is Bliss by Peter Carey What other nation does this to their authors Really, I m quite ashamed about this I walked the city on Friday looking for a copy of this book In the end I just went into bookshops to shame them I ve had to send the book by mail order from Ireland, of all places What other book could you possibly send a honey collector, though, if you were to send one from Australia Previous reviewA very dear friend of mine once wrote to me, after my sending this book to her, to say that this book was flawed She is probably right, but there are so many things that I love about it I would forgive it almost anything.Firstly, it has one of the greatest opening sentences in lit history okay, so I m prone to gross exaggeration something like, Harry Joy was to die three times, but it was his first death that left the most lasting impression on him I think Harry Joy is a wonderful name for a character.The story, in extreme short version and only the very start is a man has a heart attack and dies Prior to dying he had the perfect life, wife who loved him, two beautiful kids, job he loves, friends and so on They bring him back to life and he finds, believes, he has actually died and gone to hell His wife is having an affair, his kids are drug dealers and prostitutes and so on and so forth everything is the same, nothing is the same There is a character in this that writes letters he never sends to companies he works for telling them he knows they are evil Dear god, please do not make that character be me.It is the end of this book that I love the most a single image at what is close to the very end that has stayed with me forever and ever Harry s love letter that took seven years to deliver Now, there is a beautiful thing

  2. says:

    I met Peter Carey at a book signing in the small general books collection of the university textbook store that I worked at I told him that I had skipped a meteorology and weather class to see him He signed my copy of Bliss Plenty of nice weather in this book.

  3. says:

    I am a bit of a sucker for black comedy and this book is exactly that I found the whole story entertaining in the extreme One thing Carey can certainly do is write well and the prose in this book is perfect Some scenes where he is describing the Australian bush are superb Add to that many beautifully drawn characters and I can understand why people are already calling this book a classic A most enjoyable read, highly recommended and I loved the neat little ending

  4. says:

    Wow What a bizarre and lovely book I can t tell you much about what happens, because there are too many twists and turns in the life of Harry Joy, and to mention them would be to spoil the story If you read it, just let it flow Don t think too hard about it It s like a window into a weird, paranoid, 80 s version of Queensland, where everyone wears white linen suits and is quite mad Great holiday read, especially if you re in the vicinity of a rainforest UPDATE I just accidentally found Wow What a bizarre and lovely book I can t tell you much about what happens, because there are too many twists and turns in the life of Harry Joy, and to mention them would be to spoil the story If you read it, just let it flow Don t think too hard about it It s like a window into a weird, paranoid, 80 s version of Queensland, where everyone wears white linen suits and is quite mad Great holiday read, especially if you re in the vicinity of a rainforest UPDATE I just accidentally found the movie version on SBS which is BRILLIANT The screenplay was adapted by Peter Carey, and I ve never seen such perfect casting in a book to film translation before I knew who everyone was before they were even introduced, it was like the filmmakers had looked inside my head and pulled them straight out of my imagination Betty should have been a brunette, but it was the 80 s so the blonde perm is appropriate I ll forgive that one I also LOVED all the visual gags that really enhanced some of the funnier parts of the book, taking a very literal approach to things that wereconceptual on paper, e.g the scene in the restaurant between Betty Joel, followed by the sardines My god, those sardines flopping around are hysterical Read the book, then watch the movie

  5. says:

    Just couldn t get past page 200 Starts off great magnificently actually and then degenerates into wholly unbelievable chain of events Actually, the events are believable the main character nearly dies, thinks he s in hell and then is thrown by his hideous family into mental instituion That I can believe instutionalization happens however, Carey tells it likes its one big joke except he doesn t really make it funny either If you really lust after satire, you might like this, but Just couldn t get past page 200 Starts off great magnificently actually and then degenerates into wholly unbelievable chain of events Actually, the events are believable the main character nearly dies, thinks he s in hell and then is thrown by his hideous family into mental instituion That I can believe instutionalization happens however, Carey tells it likes its one big joke except he doesn t really make it funny either If you really lust after satire, you might like this, but I got no feeling or emotion from any of these characters To me, they were cardboard and the author was just pushing them around for plot purposes

  6. says:

    Reading Carey s tale of the Joy family and their acquaintances is like biting into a tantalizing piece of fruit only to realize it is rotten in the middle, and no matter how much effort one puts into erasing the taste, the foulness lingers Harry Joy subtle name, huh is a fat cat Australian in the early 80s who lives decadently off of his success in advertising as does his severely dysfunctional family He is known as a good guy simply because he chooses to ignore anything that might spoil Reading Carey s tale of the Joy family and their acquaintances is like biting into a tantalizing piece of fruit only to realize it is rotten in the middle, and no matter how much effort one puts into erasing the taste, the foulness lingers Harry Joy subtle name, huh is a fat cat Australian in the early 80s who lives decadently off of his success in advertising as does his severely dysfunctional family He is known as a good guy simply because he chooses to ignore anything that might spoil his superficial life Joy ends up dying for a few minutes and that, dear reader, is what shakes his world, and from then on he believes he s in Hell once he sees his family for what they really are As has been written in numerous other tales, our protagonist must lose his life to gain it Of course, as we know the only thing that can appease rescue one from the dirty corporate world or the degenerate city is pastoral life Cue entrance of hippie pixie hooker with a heart of gold Honey Barbara Blah blah Tragedy and farce ensue

  7. says:

    Only certain kinds of people will appreciate this book You have to be willing to confront death and dying, sexual abuse, mental illness, infidelity, dysfunctional families, desperate ambition, and making money off cancer causing products But if you can handle all that, it s really a beautiful story that shows how someone can find a way to health and joy in life despite all that It takes many years and requires many painful experiences but if you can tolerate despair and have enough patience t Only certain kinds of people will appreciate this book You have to be willing to confront death and dying, sexual abuse, mental illness, infidelity, dysfunctional families, desperate ambition, and making money off cancer causing products But if you can handle all that, it s really a beautiful story that shows how someone can find a way to health and joy in life despite all that It takes many years and requires many painful experiences but if you can tolerate despair and have enough patience to wait it out, there can be a happy ending I was touched by this tale of what can happen on the road to bliss

  8. says:

    Peter Carey is one of the greatest living novelists, widely tipped to become both Australia s next Nobel prize winner for literature and the first man to win three Booker prizes In 2010 I read his second Booker prize winner, True History of the Kelly Gang, and found it to be a good book that only grew stronger in my memory So it seems like a good idea to read his entire canon.Bliss is his first novel, following the unfortunate circumstances of Harry Joy, who has a heart attack one day and dies Peter Carey is one of the greatest living novelists, widely tipped to become both Australia s next Nobel prize winner for literature and the first man to win three Booker prizes In 2010 I read his second Booker prize winner, True History of the Kelly Gang, and found it to be a good book that only grew stronger in my memory So it seems like a good idea to read his entire canon.Bliss is his first novel, following the unfortunate circumstances of Harry Joy, who has a heart attack one day and dies for nine minutes before being resuscitated He comes back to find that his wife is cheating on him, his son is selling drugs and his advertising company has for years been promoting carcinogens He believes himself to literally be in hell.There s a strange, semi dreamlike feeling hanging over much of Bliss, as though you re reading it through a clouded pane of glass This is a stylistic choice apparently many of Carey s early works have an essence of magical realism to them Certainly, Carey seems to draw inspiration from Borges and Marquez South America is often mentioned, and the novel takes place in an unspecified tropical land which is probably Queensland, the prose thick with frangipani and jacarandas and banana trees.I guess it s a decent book It s the kind of novel that s difficult to review, because I personally found it boring yet I know it s objectively good I still want to readof Carey, and I own his next book, Illywhacker, but I may skip past that and read his Booker winning Oscar and Lucinda or the intriguing Jack Maggs

  9. says:

    Peter Carey is a wizard with words The story is hilarious and not a little crazy, but it is told with a deep regard for humanity I guess you could call it a dark comedy, touching on things like industrial poisons, big business, advertising, and family dynamics I saw the movie nearly twenty years ago, and have wanted to see it again, but I can t find it There is a popular movie called Bliss , but it isn t the same one It wasn t at the library, but I did find this book I read The Tax Ins Peter Carey is a wizard with words The story is hilarious and not a little crazy, but it is told with a deep regard for humanity I guess you could call it a dark comedy, touching on things like industrial poisons, big business, advertising, and family dynamics I saw the movie nearly twenty years ago, and have wanted to see it again, but I can t find it There is a popular movie called Bliss , but it isn t the same one It wasn t at the library, but I did find this book I read The Tax Inspector before, but didn t take note of the author at the time.The Times review says it well Those of us who row in the galleys of fiction reviewing fall on a new author of such talent as on a refreshing and intoxicating drink.I was very moved by Bliss It s a long love story with many well developed characters Carey sees the humanity in each person, and tenderly exposes their inner strengths and weaknesses.He writes beautiful prose, descriptive and flowing I was delighted I ll read it again in a few years I recommend it to anyone with an open mind and appreciation for humanity and nature.The film was made in Australia in 1985 The characters are true to the book, and the story doesn t vary much if at all from the book.Next on my list is Carey s The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith

  10. says:

    This isn t my favorite of Peter Carey, and I d hesitate to recommend it to people who haven t read him it s definitely a first novel, stuffed with digressions and minor characters that don t quite work, and also the satirical tone has an aspect of contempt and despair that could be off putting even if you like that kind of thing sort of an early Martin Amis quality But it s often beautiful and surprising, and it covers a lot of territory Carey seems equally interested in the emotional and p This isn t my favorite of Peter Carey, and I d hesitate to recommend it to people who haven t read him it s definitely a first novel, stuffed with digressions and minor characters that don t quite work, and also the satirical tone has an aspect of contempt and despair that could be off putting even if you like that kind of thing sort of an early Martin Amis quality But it s often beautiful and surprising, and it covers a lot of territory Carey seems equally interested in the emotional and practical concerns of his characters whether they re in an ad agency or a backwoods hippie survivalist commune And I like stories about people who go through a life changing experience and reinvent themselves, but then aren t finished changing for all time, and hesitate and renege and have to reinvent themselves some

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