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Author Topic: Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey  (Read 2206 times)

Offline Ophiuchus

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
« on: May 18, 2016, 06:10 AM »
Name of the book: Parrot and Olivier in America
Genre: Historical Adventure
Book publish year: 2009
Rating (out of 5): 2
Brief intro:  Olivier is a young aristocrat, one of an endangered species born in France just after the Revolution. Parrot, the son of an itinerant English printer, wanted to be an artist but has ended up in middle age as a servant.
When Olivier sets sail for the New World - ostensibly to study its prisons, but in reality to avoid yet another revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. Through their adventures with women and money, incarceration and democracy, writing and painting, they make an unlikely pair. But where better for unlikely things to flourish than in the glorious, brand-new experiment, America?

Review: Not for me. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if it were not so long? The premise was promising but it didn't catch my interest.