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Long Way from Home
Long Way from Home | Peter Carey
The two-time Booker Prize-winning author now gives us a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country/continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000-mile race, the Redex Trial. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in southeastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky, fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher who calls the turns and creeks crossings on a map that will remove them, without warning, from the white Australia they all know so well. This is a thrilling high-speed story that starts in one way, and then takes you someplace else. It is often funny, more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s, this is a world every American will recognize: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way. A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late-style masterpiece.
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Timmytink
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Mehso-so

This book had some interesting characters and plot lines, but it took too long to rev up. By then I had nearly abandoned the book. The car race was a clever plot device, however it seemed that it too conveniently tied into the aboriginal storyline, which honestly was the most interesting part of the book. There were at least three stories begging to be told and by competing for airtime, they were each shortchanged.

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Creadnorthey
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Carey is the master of the 250-300 page novel. This book sees a return to his mythical/historic Australia charging forward at breakneck speed. The feels like it unravels a bit, distilling his epic account of the Aboriginal plight and leaving the Redex road race characters to dangle in the disjointed winds of passing history.

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SharonGoforth
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Mehso-so

What started out as a fast-paced romp about a couple entering the Redex Reliability Trial to help their car dealership in the first half devolved into a bit of a slog about the horrendous treatment of Australia‘s native population in the second half. It would have been ok if the two halves somehow met up at the end, but they really didn‘t. 3 stars for excellent writing, in spite of everything else. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SharonGoforth
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Wasn‘t sure if I would like this or not, but so far I‘ve been pleasantly surprised! #amreading #walterscottprize2019shortlist

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Neale
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 stars. Starts slow but stick with it. A brilliant book about identity, culture, racial hatred and discrimination.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 2y
Neale Thanks. 😊 2y
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Neale
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THE STOLEN GENERATION. Wow, I really underestimated this book. #indiebuddyreads

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Neale
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Signed, first print, first edition just arrives after not making the shortlist. 😊 Oh well I hope it‘s good. #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles Looks lovely! And I am sure it will be a great addition to the collection 2y
AceOnRoam I think @Marchpane is also reading this at the moment Neale. 2y
Neale Yes, I noticed that. I‘m really enjoying it so far. 😊 2y
Neale Whoops, forgot to tag again. 😊 @AceOnRoam 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 5! This historical fiction story takes place in 1950s Australia. The Redex Trial is a brutal race around that continent over rough and rugged roads. Irene Bobs, lover of fast driving, her car salesman husband, and their radio-quiz champ navigator, Willie, take part in the high speed trials. You'll see the Melbourne of the era, learn Aboriginal history, and learn of the time's entertainment culture. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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Elsje
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“The smell of a rally car, the stink, the shift, the woo, you will never find the recipe for this pong in the Women‘s Weekly but ingredients include petrol, rubber, pollen, dust, orange peel, wrecked banana, armpit, socks, man‘s body.”

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charl08
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Great read so far...

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AlisonReadsBN
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What an interesting adventure. Set in Australia in the 1950‘s it follows three characters as they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent and the adventures of a lifetime. Now to read some Peter Carey back stock.

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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