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I finished it because I finish all books I start, not because I couldn't put it down.
The plot is very contrived, even improbable, and too much of it takes place in the wilderness of the Australian outback where not too much is going on.
The great strength of the book is in Carey's ability to create characters we can fully believe in and want to root for.
Great characters that I cared about, interesting plot There were a few holes in the plot, but I loved the characters so much, I loved it anyway. Read morePublished 7 months ago by orange
Simple as that. I will save you the time and unsatisfying ending. Spoiler Alert!
Che is a seven year old boy, living with his rich grandmother in New York. Read more
This novel masquerades as realism whereas in fact it belongs in the realm of fantasy. I would not have been surprised if Peter Carey had included talking trees and sage monkeys... Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Mike Mellor
The writing style is awful and distracts from the story-telling, which would have been compelling. I wanted to like this book. I felt an affinity to the main character. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Read this a little while back and did enjoy the experience. Carey's skill for imbuing charm and charisma into his characters (even when the characters themselves don't believe the... Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by Ryan the Lion
Carey is a masterful writer and portions of this novel are superb. The evolution of the kidnapped Che into a confident and self aware young boy is gripping over the course of the... Read morePublished on August 30, 2009 by L. Geri
It is 1972. Almost-eight-year-old Che Selkirk has been brought up as an orphan prince, living with his rich grandmother in a Park Avenue apartment and on a private lake in New York... Read morePublished on May 30, 2009 by Roger Brunyate
This is the very first (and hopefully the last) book that made me think "I'll NEVER read another book by this author. Read morePublished on May 27, 2009 by Reader
I do not like Carey's writing style and think that His Illegal Self is difficult to follow since Carey constantly jumps from present to past, and the jump is usually unclear making... Read morePublished on May 25, 2009 by Elizabeth Holland