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Oscar and Lucinda

Peter Carey

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Oscar Hopkins is a high-strung preacher's kid with hydrophobia and noisy knees. Lucinda Leplastrier is a frizzy-haired heiress who impulsively buys a glass factory with the inheritance forced on her by a well-intentioned adviser. In the early parts of this lushly written book, author Peter Carey renders the seminal turning points in his protagonists' childhoods as exquisite 19th-century set pieces. Young Oscar, denied the heavenly fruit of a Christmas pudding by his cruelly stern father, forever renounces his father's religion in favor of the Anglican Church. "Dear God," Oscar prays, "if it be Thy will that Thy people eat pudding, smite him!" Lucinda's childhood trauma involves a beautiful doll bought by her struggling mother with savings from the jam jar; in a misguided attempt to tame the doll's unruly curls, young Lucinda mutilates her treasure beyond repair. Neither of these coming-of-age stories quite explains how the grownup Oscar and Lucinda each develop a guilty passion for gambling. Oscar plays the horses while at school, and Lucinda, now an orphaned heiress, finds comfort in a game of cards with an odd collection of acquaintances. When the two finally meet, on board a ship bound for New South Wales, they are bound by their affinity for risk, their loneliness, and their awkwardly blossoming (but unexpressed) mutual affection. Their final high-stakes folly--transporting a crystal palace of a church across (literally) godforsaken terrain--strains plausibility, and events turn ghastly as Oscar plays out his bid for Lucinda's heart. Yet even the unconvincing plot turns are made up for by Carey's rich prose and the tale's unpredictable outcome. Although love proves to be the ultimate gamble for Oscar and Lucinda, the story never strays too far from the terrible possibility that even the most thunderstruck lovers can remain isolated in parallel lives.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steven Crossley

Length:

20h 31m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

26:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

12:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

22:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

11:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

11:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:47


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

15:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

11:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

23:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

12:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

18:29


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

18:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

25:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:50


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

18:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:04


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

12:23


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:53


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

26:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

11:30


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

34:25


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:18


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:21


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

19:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

22:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:34


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:02


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

13:32


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

24:05


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

14:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:50


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

15:37


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

12:53


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

25:30


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

12:30


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

19:08


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

10:37


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

19:46


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

18:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

18:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

15:11


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

12:44


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:53


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:40


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

11:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

11:04


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:09


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:24


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:04


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

21:36


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:10


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

11:51


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:58


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:27


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:47


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

09:16


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:28


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

15:16


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

01:51


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

00:25