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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Metro Reco: Theft

Theft is the newest novel by two-time Booker Prize-winning writer Peter Carey.

The novel’s narrative is shared between the voices of two brothers, Michael and Hugh Bones. Michael is a brilliant painter who is currently “out of style”. He is custodian of his developmentally challenged brother, Hugh. The two brothers’ lives are turned upside down with the entrance of the beautiful, wily Marlene who falls in love with Michael and befriends Hugh.

Moving from rural Australia, to Tokyo, to New York City, Theft is a suspense novel, caper, love story, and critique of the art world. It’s snappy, intriguing, and droll.

Peter Carey is the author of nine novels, including the Booker Prize–winning Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang. He was born in Australia and now lives in New York City.

What are you all reading right now (or planning to read next)?

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I just got home from school. I’m sipping a cold beer and eating chips and unwinding. In my class tonight we were talking about Byron. What a wild dude. The ladies sure did get their knickers in a knot over him. We were trying to think of a contemporary figure who could be considered a Byronic hero and were hard pressed to do so. Any suggestions?

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17 Comments:

Blogger MotherBumper said...

Viggo Mortensen gets my knickers in a knot - not only can he act, he is a painter, poet and musician. And he can speak Spanish, talk politics and make the ladies swoon. Does it for me (sigh).

8:35 AM  
Blogger bubandpie said...

I think that maybe our culture has become so permissive (for men at least) that it's virtually Byron-proof. I can't think of a man whose attractiveness lies in the fact that he is wild, lawless, dangerous. The only way left to be truly scandalous in our society is to leave one's baby and panties at home and go partying with Paris Hilton. And there's just nothing remotely Byronic about that.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous ali said...

hmm..what am i reading now...love in the time of cholera...i have about 50 pages left and i'm loving it. it's hit me in a really raw and emotional place. it's a beautiful book! i highly recommend.

9:48 AM  
Blogger penelopeto said...

thanks for the reco. i'm reading middlesex, which i could not be enjoying more. i really have to get my mother a fan.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous jen said...

Met,
I read a heck of a lot, but could not get into Theft. I tried and tried, even. But alas. No love.

I am reading Beyond the Sky and the Earth, A Journey into Bhutan.

Am digging it.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Mamalooper said...

Just finished "We Have To Talk About Kevin" and about to start the Vincent Lam book (when Monkeydad brings it back from his biz trip).

Colin Firth does it for me but then that's ALL wrapped up in Mr. Darcy.....

12:04 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Truly, I thnk the ones who manage to achieve that Byron level of having groupies and being attractive for being bad are the rock stars.

And maybe a bit of the Johnny Depp in past days before he was all Mr. Family Man?

12:56 PM  
Blogger creative-type dad said...

I haven't read a "grown-up" book in, like months.

I think my next book will be "Elmo Goes To The Potty" or "Elmo Visits The Red Light District To Eat Good Ethnic Food"

1:13 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

bubandpie: I think you're right. The other part of it is charisma--I can't really think of someone with that much charisma.

kittenpie: yes, Johnny Depp's name came up last night as well as Colin Farrell.

penelope: I adored Middlesex. I'm only lukewarm on his other big one, The Virgin Suicides.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

I'm still reading the book by Vincent Lam that you reviewed waaayyy back, I love it! And I think I'll copy Motherbumper and say Viggo as well...

2:12 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Clive Owen? sigh. dangerous sexy....

I am reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I never ever did finish The Girls...

Bigirl is reading The Wizard of Oz and Littlegirl is 'reading' Beatrix Potter. Mr Mumumma is addicted to comics and the newspaper.

Oh and mamalooper is bang on with the Colin Firth thing...mmmhmmm

9:56 PM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

Perhaps Colin Farrell? I personally don't see the attraction, but he does seem to get the attention of the lady-folk.

I'm Colin Firth all the way.

11:02 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Oh, and I loved Oscar and Lucinda.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Nadine said...

I agree with Johnny Depp -- but you need someone who is sexy on multiple levels and not married. Someone who would write you a sonnet and then give you Syphillis. Byron was a whore.

Have any of you seen the mini-series on Byron with Jonny Lee Miller as Byron? Hawt.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Nadine said...

Oh yeah -- an am almost finished Bang/Crunch by Neil Smith -- amazing. Highly recommend

1:25 PM  
Blogger canape said...

No writers come to mind, but Bono and George Clooney do.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous MetroDad said...

I just finished "Theft" last week. Wholly enjoyable. I'm now reading "Special Topics in Calamity Physics." I think you'd like it.

10:07 AM  

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