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My Life as a Fake av Peter Carey
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My Life as a Fake (urspr publ 2003; utgåvan 2004)

av Peter Carey (Författare)

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Chistopher Chubb, an arrogant poet in 1950's Australia, creates a fictitious poet. Only the phantom poet comes to life to taunt, haunt and otherwise destroy his maker, pursuing Chubb from Melbourne to a seedy, sweaty, bitter ending in the tropical chaos of Kuala Lumpur. The Creature steals Chubb's life, eclipsing him as a poet and a man.… (mer)
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Titel:My Life as a Fake
Författare:Peter Carey (Författare)
Info:Faber & Faber (2004), Edition: Main, 288 pages
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My Life as a Fake av Peter Carey (2003)

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    Den blinde mördaren av Margaret Atwood (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: Deception is layered on deception until even the truth looks false.
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    Den långsamme av J. M. Coetzee (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: In reading these two novels, you are never quite sure where the book's defined reality leaves off and the main character's imagination begins.
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    Bluffmakaren : [roman] av Peter Carey (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: Fine work from an author under appreciated in the US.
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[This is a review I wrote in 2007]

** Too pretentious and drawn-out for me**

Using a real-life literary fraud in 1940s Australia as the factual basis for this novel sounds like a great idea, but in this novel I found Peter Carey's style comes across just a bit too pretentious and starts to detract from the plot that he's weaving around some very complex characters.

For me, it became a very dreary book... I got so bored with the writing style, pace, and lack of variety that I skipped a good chunk... but even the ending didn't pick up! I'm sure I must be missing something from this cultural icon, but it wasn't for me, sorry!!!
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 13, 2020 |
I read this book to satisfy the FB challenge category "book from the bottom of my to read list" - it's been on my shelves for over 5 years.

The premise is a man writes some fake poetry and submits it to a publisher friend hoping to "take him down a notch" when it was discovered the poems were by a fake poet. The hoax takes on a life of it's own, the publisher is prosecuted, the perpetrator shamed and his life set down a destructive path. The story is told in flashbacks of the tricksters life.

I didn't like any of the characters; I was never made to care about the hoax or why it had such devastating effects; and I particularly didn't like that the whole book is written without quotation marks. I hate that style. What the hell does it accomplish except to make the conversations difficult to follow....or even to tell if there is a conversation. I found in continually irritating.

Overall, certainly readable, lots of poetry references, but I wouldn't particularly recommend it. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
Accompanying the arrogant poet, John Slater, to Malaysia, London editor Sarah Wode-Douglass finds herself obsessively drawn to a mysterious manuscript that bears a legacy of fraud and danger.
  JRCornell | Dec 8, 2018 |
Australian talespinner Carey wins points with this affecting and ingenious potboiler about a literary feud gone sour, set in a sinister southeast Asian backwater. These days, of course, it's hard to believe that a hoax concerning poets and their publication in literary journals would merit anything more than a yawn, let alone a career-ending, suicide-inducing succès de scandale; yet such is the bygone literary world that Carey invokes, with a combination of pathos and glamour. The narrative drags a little in the second half, but remains on the whole highly entertaining. ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
A book about literary hoaxes which manages to be pretty gosh-darned boring. I expected more and was disappointed. ( )
  JBD1 | Feb 27, 2018 |
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Chistopher Chubb, an arrogant poet in 1950's Australia, creates a fictitious poet. Only the phantom poet comes to life to taunt, haunt and otherwise destroy his maker, pursuing Chubb from Melbourne to a seedy, sweaty, bitter ending in the tropical chaos of Kuala Lumpur. The Creature steals Chubb's life, eclipsing him as a poet and a man.

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