2nd Tuesday Evening Book Group

 Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

This book was selected because it won the Booker Prize and only one person in the group had read a Peter Carey book before.

The novel is a love story but the characters are very repressed. The  background details of country NSW and Parramatta in the 1850’s and 1860’s were wonderful.

The way the book is written – moving between Oscar’s story, Lucinda’s story and the narrators memories can be confusing and disjointed at times.

The characters are so unique and often comical and makes the book interesting to read.

Carey’s writing style can be compared to Dickens with the convoluted plot, and 

idiosyncratic characters.

Most of the book group found the ending disappointing, not because of its unexpectedness, but because there are so many loose ends.