With scars on his back and silver in his pocket, the huge figure of Jack Maggs strides across the rich landscape of 19th century London. As this enigmatic man moves through its streets and houses, his single-minded quest to find his son will engender love, deceit, and vengeance in the lives around him. Risking execution if he is discovered, ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned to England from Australia. Pretending to be a servant, he is hired by a wealthy London household, where he quickly insinuates himself into his employer's affairs. Although Maggs conceals his ultimate goal, the murderous demons of his past threaten to tear away Maggs' ill-fitting disguise. From polished drawing rooms to sooty rooftop garrets, Peter Carey's vivid novel takes you into a Dickensian world filled with intrigue and eccentricity. This exceptional work from a Booker Prize-winning author has captured awards and top places on best-seller lists in Europe and America.
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"Steven Crossley has precisely the British voice needed for a novel set in nineteenth century London. Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey shows us how and why Charles Dickens might have written Great Expectations. Despite Crossley's brilliantly modulated performance, the book engages the intellect more than the heart. This seems odd, since Dickens himself was a literary tear bucket. Great liberties have been taken here with the writer's life. The Boz, if living, might have agreed with the fellow tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. "If it weren't for the honor in it," he said, "I'd as soon have walked." B.H.C. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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