A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey

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November 2017, no. 396
Paul Giles reviews 'A Long Way from Home' by Peter Carey

A Long Way from Home

by Peter Carey

Hamish Hamilton, $32.99 pb, 360 pp, 9780143787075

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey

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November 2017, no. 396

On learning that the premise of Peter Carey’s new novel involved a test of automobile reliability on a round trip across Australia, my first response was to dismiss it as a thin conceit for encompassing the country’s remoter landscape within a work of the imagination. The internet, however, quickly delivered old Pathé newsreels revealing not only that this Redex Trial was a demonstrable historical event, but also that no less than 50,000 people showed up at Sydney Showground to see the cars off on their cross-country journey. Truth, indeed, can sometimes seem stranger than fiction. Didn’t they have anything better to do, even in 1954?

Paul Giles reviews 'A Long Way from Home' by Peter Carey

A Long Way from Home

by Peter Carey

Hamish Hamilton, $32.99 pb, 360 pp, 9780143787075

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