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by Peter Stafford Carey,Susan Lyons

  • ISBN: 1402556004
  • Author: Peter Stafford Carey,Susan Lyons
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  • Rating: 4.2 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books (October 28, 2003)
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  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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My Life as a Fake is a 2003 novel by Australian writer Peter Carey based on the Ern Malley hoax of 1943, in which two poets created a fictitious poet, Ern Malley.

My Life as a Fake is a 2003 novel by Australian writer Peter Carey based on the Ern Malley hoax of 1943, in which two poets created a fictitious poet, Ern Malley, and submitted poems in his name to the literary magazine Angry Penguins. The novel was inspired by the idea of "a 24-year-old hoax brought to life – original, angry, multilingual, learned

Acclaim for Peter Carey’s MY LIFE AS A FAKE. Peter Carey’s new novel comes like a monsoon after drought. It is a magnificent, poetic contemplation of the lying, fakery and insincerity inherent in the act of artistic creatio. .

Acclaim for Peter Carey’s MY LIFE AS A FAKE. Circling from the real to the imaginary and back is as happily perplexing as a drawing by M. C. Esche.Carey can bring a character to life, give him a voice and a history and a psychological topography in a single paragraph.It’s a charismatically furious piece of work, brilliantly meshing its ethical and artistic debate with a rich human drama.

My Life as a Fake book. Using as a springboard a real literary hoax that transfixed Australia in his boyhood, Peter Carey wickedly and ruefully explores how a phantom poet taunts, haunts and otherwise destroys his maker, pursuing him from Melbourne to a seedy, sweaty, bitter ending in the tropical chaos of Kuala Lumpur.

Written by Peter Carey. Narrated by Susan Lyons. Fiendishly devious and addictively readable, Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake is a moral labyrinth constructed around the uneasy relationship between literature and lying.

My Life as a Fake is Carey’s brilliantly fictionalised spin on the greatest literary hoax in Australia’s colourful history. Peter Stafford Carey. General & Literary Fiction. Read by. Susan Lyons. Contained Items Statement. Read full description. See details and exclusions.

Peter Stafford Carey. Fiendishly devious and addictively readable, Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake is a moral labyrinth constructed around the uneasy relationship between literature and lying. Chubb is a despised literary hoaxer, carting around a manuscript likely filled with deceit. But in this dubious manuscript Sarah recognizes a work of real genius.

Fiendishly devious and addictively readable, Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake is a moral labyrinth constructed . Carey can bring a character to life, give him a voice and a history and a psychological topography, in a single paragraph.

Fiendishly devious and addictively readable, Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake is a moral labyrinth constructed around the uneasy relationship between literature and lying. No other Australian writer in our time has succeeded as well as Peter Carey in writing novels that compel the attention of a world-wide audience. occupies a high plane of literary brilliance.

Narrated by Susan Lyons . Fiendishly devious and addictively readable, Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake is a moral labyrinth constructed around the uneasy relati.

Peter Carey received the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda and again for True History of the Kelly Gang. His novel, Parrot and Olivier in America, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2010. His other honours include the Commonwealth Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York for twenty years.

ar, as he had responded to Noussette’s touch in the hammock while the lightning sheeted across Sydney Harbour.

After the critical and commercial success of "True History of the Kelly Gang, Carey takes another giant step forward with a novel set in the Far East and shot through with intrigue at once historical, literary, and personal. In 1972, Sarah Wode-Douglass--the editor of a London literary magazine--has no particular curiosity about Malaysia, though her interest in John Slater has always been keen. A famous poet, Slater figured prominently in the disaster that was her parents' marriage. Many years after he mother's suicide, Sarah wonders still what Slater knows that she does not; so when he proposes that she accompany him to Kuala Lampur, she embarks on a journey that will profoundly alter every aspect of her life.
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Thordibandis
*My Life as a Fake* is, in the main, the story of unsuccessful poet Christopher Chubb, an Australian whose life is forever marred by a literary hoax he perpetrated in his youth. Chubb invented a deceased poet by the name of Bob McCorkle and passed off McCorkle's poetry--his own work, of course--on an unsuspecting editor whose ignorance Chubb wished to expose. (The story is based on a real-life literary hoax, the similar invention of a certain Ern Malley in the 1940s.) When he first appears in the story, Chubb's stint as literary hoaxer is long behind him. He is filthy and destitute and quite possibly mad, employed as a bicycle mechanic on a cramped street in Kuala Lumpur. He is discovered there by Sarah Wode-Douglass, the editor of a London poetry magazine, to whom Chubb spins out the unlikely story of his post-hoax life. Wode-Douglass in turn relates Chubb's story to us:

The creature of Chubb's imagination, the fictional Bob McCorkle, was--or so Chubb was led to believe by the creature itself--given flesh by Chubb's pen. That is to say, someone who fit the description of Chubb's manufactured poet entered Chubb's life claiming to be the flesh-and-blood product of the hoaxer's fiction. Who or what this man is in fact is never fully explained. Whatever he is, the McCorkle creature endeavors, successfully, to destroy his alleged creator's life. The story of Chubb's ruin involves all manner of cruelties, but chief among them is McCorkle's kidnapping of Chubb's infant daughter, a crime which determines Chubb's unhappy future.

The better part of *My Life as a Fake* is narrated by Chubb to Sarah Wode-Douglass. Within Chubb's narrative, moreover, are remembered conversations, sometimes lengthy stories, which Chubb now recounts. But while much of the book might justly have been encased in quotation marks, there is not a single such punctuation mark to be found in the text. The result is not as confusing as one might expect, though direct and indirect discourse blend together into an inseparable mass of speech. Chubb's language, meanwhile, is often difficult to understand, an Australian English tinged with the expressions and verbal tics of his adopted country.

One reads the book increasingly curious to discover how Chubb came to be in his current situation, repairing bikes in Kuala Lumpur, but the read is not a wholly pleasant one. Chubb's' convoluted story is interesting, but its narration leaves one with numerous questions, not least of which involves the true nature and motivation of McCorkle. The story of Wode-Douglass, too, which frames Chubb's' tale--her reasons for being in Kuala Lumpur, her interest in a collection of poetry by the monster McCorkle, her relationship with Englishman John Slater, her companion on the trip--seems in the end to have been largely unnecessary. Too little, in particular, is made of the character of Slater, a likeable rogue who is put to little use in the story. Carey's novel is indeed bold and imaginative, but the truth in it is uncomfortably elusive.

Reviewed by Debra Hamel, author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece
Fog
This is an enchanting story. Peter Carey has borrowed the plot from a series of events that took place in Australia. He has changed the names, the times and the places but the core of the story is true. Carey writes exceptionally well. I found myself dog-earing pages to mark sentences and phrases that resonated with me so that I could return to them. The plot device he invokes is a bit of surrealism. If you like John Irving's stories you will like Carey's. He leads the reader into a bit of surrealism - if you accept it, all is well and on you go. If you can't accept it, best put the book down. I prefer not to divulge the nature of the surrealism - it spoils the story if you don't discover it for yourself

Carey is superb at charactier development. They develop out of their actions and their words, not from narrative. Carey is a great story-teller as well.

I have read two of his novels and this book will make me read another.
Hiylchis
Not Peter Carey's best, which can be to me amazingly good, but I thought quite entertaining in the main. A ffurther pursuit of Carey's ongoing fascination with counterfeiting of anything from currency to master paintings to, in this case, poetry in all its cloaks from truth to plagiarism.
Dagdalas
One of my all-time favorite books. There's nothing rise like this.
BeatHoWin
Confusing at times but the excellent writing leads you through a wonderful read.
Owomed
Interesting novel on the magical realism genre, but nothing especially appealing or innovative about it.
Cheber
The power of the imagination and the aspects involved in creating art are cleverly discussed in
this book, which gets increasingly complex and fascinating.
This book was not only confusing but also disappointing. I expected more from a Booker prize winner although the Kelly Gang was not a favorite for me. The Fake story just never held my interest except for some of the sensory imagery about the food now and then. Much of it seemed contrived or just plain boring with lack luster characters.

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