Oscar and Lucinda Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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|Listening Length||20 hours and 30 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 15, 2018|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
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#158,412 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#4,085 in Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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Neither are what is considered 'the right sort' in the social pecking order but both are determined to carve out a successful life for themselves. Lucinda buys a glassworks factory on a whim and then goes to England to see what it holds and perhaps find a husband. Oscar is assigned to a parish in Australia. They meet on the boat as Oscar comes to discover his calling and Lucinda returns, disappointed in her quest for love. Oscar has an intense phobia of water and is the butt of jokes about it but Lucinda sees beyond his weaknesses to a man she would like to know. They also find that each is entranced by the same vice; gambling.
Once back in Australia, things don't go as planned. Lucinda is having a hard time breaking into the top rungs of society even with her money. Oscar isn't his parishioners idea of a pastor and when one of them spies in his window and discovers the two playing cards for money, Oscar is disgraced and stripped of his parish. The two, shunned by society, form a partnership and soon both are in love, although both are determined to hide the fact from each other. Their love leads them to a strange mission and a stranger bet; to move and construct a glass church in a settlement across uncharted lands. If Oscar is successful Lucinda will give him all her fortune.
This novel won the Booker Prize in 1988 and it is clear why. Carey's ability to capture the country of his birth and the people who came to inhabit it and make it their own is amazing. The writing is luminous but it doesn't stray so far that the plot is forgotten. It moves along inexorably toward an ending few readers would expect. This book is recommended for readers of literary fiction.
The book takes you places you least expect and is really a mental vision of Sydney and how tough it was even though the focus remained on Oscar and Lucinda.
Not a book to pass up. Sure to entertain and capture your imagination.
a) don't see the movie unless you read the book...something gets really lost between the two
b)Excellent, simply excellent!!! I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates superlative writing and a quirky story. If every book were like this one, I would be in Heaven!!!! The prose is outstanding and these characters are simply so real I thought they'd float off the page.
Oscar and Lucinda is set both in England and in Australia in the 19th century. In England, Oscar Hopkins is the son of a non-Anglican, religious fundamentalist who is also a naturalist, and up until he is about 15 Oscar grows up with the reassurance that he is among the saved. Oscar's mother died; he lives with his father in a little village called Hennacombe in Devon, in an austere house with no ornamentation; even the food is plain. One Christmas one of the cooks feels sorry for the boy and makes him a Christmas pudding, complete with raisins & a cherry; the ostentatiousness of the pudding leads Theophilus (Oscar's father) to lose it and he hits Oscar, who is then forced to cough up the pudding. Later, they are out wading in the ocean, and Oscar asks that God smite his father out of anger; just then, Theophilus has an accident that cuts him on the leg. Oscar realizes that he has to leave -- and the signs point to the Anglican Church. We next find him at Oxford, at Oriel College, where he discovers gambling. One thing leads to another and Oscar sets out to become a missionary in New South Wales but he has to go by ship...a problem since Oscar has this immense water phobia. It is on this voyage that Oscar meets Lucinda Leplastrier, returning to Australia, whose parents had died & whose mother, before dying, had their land subdivided and sold and Lucinda was now an heiress living off the profits. She is also the owner of a glassworks in Australia. Lucinda is obstinate, headstrong & like Oscar, she is a gambler. The lives of these two people come together on the ship, then meet again after Oscar discovers that there is no Missionary Work to be done in New South Wales, and that he is to be assigned to a posh vicarage instead. He meets Lucinda in a Chinese gambling house ... and things take off from there. I won't say another word... you really should read it for yourself.
The writing is excellent; the story is excellent and there are so many themes that are explored without the author ever losing track. My only complaint: the end came so fast (it was a great ending but rushed) that after having savored the story for so long I felt cheated. However, the rest of the book was absolutely stunning and so rich so I can overlook this.
Please try this book...I can totally see how it won a Booker.
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The chapters covering Oscar's early life in England have a Dickensian feel to them in that there is a sadness to his childhood and some of the supporting characters are almost caricatures. Lucinda's early life is altogether more gritty and Australian and I spent the first half of the novel wondering how on earth the author could possibly engineer a meeting between these two. They do eventually meet and the story becomes even more intriguing once their paths have crossed. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot and yet they are subtle and it was only when I had finished reading it that I realised just how much distance the story of these characters had covered.
I had a suspicion that the novel would not end as I expected it to, and I was entirely correct about that. Like a lot of great novels, the ending is faintly disappointing and I did lose track of who one or two of the supporting characters were as we went along, which is a problem I have encountered before with books of this length. However, I was gripped all the way through, the ending was certainly not predictable and now that I have finished reading it, I miss it.
The first book of his that I stumbled across, quite by chance, was Jack Maggs; which I think is superb. Better, so far, than Oscar and Lucinda, but that is no doubt because I find the storey more interesting. Anyway, I now have two further books by the same auther waiting to be read and I can`t say fairer than that. Perhaps it is because of the period he writes about but to my mind there is a rather Dickensian flavour in the immediacy and detail of his writing but recast for this present age.
Carey's ability to evoke emotion and describe his characters' feelings and impulses are superb. Thus Lucinda's moods that spring from a complex combination of hurt, anger and uncertainty are totally clear to the reader. And it takes some sort of writer to have his reader (well this reader!) fall in love with a character (Oscar) who is both unattractive and unsuccessful.
A heart rending tale overall, notably in the difficult relationship between Oscar and his father, who finds it so hard to express the love he feels; and of course in that with Lucinda... A true classic
in its depth and enormous range of characters.
It depicts all the foibles and mannerisms of the mid 19th Century. The narrative jumps from place to place and character to character. It is not an easy read but I found it intriguing and full of sub plots which further enhance the scope of the novel.