Bliss by Peter Carey

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For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack on his suburban front lawn, and, for the space of nine minutes, he becomes a dead guy. And although he is resuscitated, he will never be the same. For, as Peter Carey makes abundantly clear in this darkly funny novel, death is sometimes a necessary prelude to real life.
   Part The Wizard of Oz, part Dante's Inferno, and part Australian Book of the Dead, Bliss is a triumph of uninhibited storytelling from a writer of extravagan gifts. 
 

About Peter Carey

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PETER CAREY is the author of eleven previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.
 
Published July 6, 2011 by Vintage. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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But Dean and librettist Amanda Holden have managed to be faithful to both the tone and the trajectory of Carey's book, which begins with the "death" from a heart attack of its antihero – the likable if morally moribund advertising executive Harry Joy – who is resuscitated only to realise he is li...

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London Review of Books

Frank Kermode, who died on 17 August 2010 at the age of 90, was the author of many books, including Romantic Image (1957), The Sense of an Ending (1967) and Shakespeare’s Language (2000).

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