Amnesia written by Peter Carey

amnesia

Guest Post by MJW

5 Stars out of 5
I received a copy of Amnesia through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

This is yet another tour de force from Peter Carey.

This time the setting is 100% Australian and I would surmise some of the scene setting and back-story of a couple of the characters might well be drawn from his own experience of the early days of Monash University.

The story is multi-layered and moves between various time periods and POVs. There are fascinating and revealing elements drawn from Australia’s past such as the impact of American GIs in WW2 and the significance of and consequent convulsion that followed the 1975  political coup when the Governor General of Australia representing the Head of State (i.e. H M Elizabeth II) dismissed the elected Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam – possibly with CIA involvement.

The flavour of the various milieux and vast of characters are described in the novel are vividly realised and highly evocative and the central conceit brilliantly affecting – this novel is a truly significant contemporary piece.

Publisher: Faber & Faber (30 Oct 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0571311187

 

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