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Peter Carey

Two-time Booker-winner Carey (Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang) returns with a magnificent high-stakes art heist wrapped around a fraternal saga. Butcher Boone is an all-id all-the-time Australian painter of enormous talent and renown. Now divorced and bankrupted by his former wife, who tired of his excesses, Butcher has been reduced to caretaking a remote estate for his largest collector. And since the deaths of his working-class parents, he has also been saddled with his beloved, bedeviling brother, Hugh, who, like Butcher, has a primarily pugilistic relationship with the world. One rain-flooded night, a chic young woman knocks on their door, having lost her way. She is Marlene, wife of Olivier Leibovitz, son and heir to an early 20th-century master. Soon the brothers are embroiled in an international crime investigation that eventually comprises forgery, vast sums of money and murder. None of this, however, distracts Butcher from his overpowering love affair with Marlene, which threatens to leave Hugh stranded in an unforgiving world. Scenes in Australia, Japan and New York feature unique forms of fleecing, but setting and action are icing on the emotional core of Carey's newest masterwork.

Two-time Booker-winner Carey (Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang) returns with a magnificent high-stakes art heist wrapped around a fraternal saga. Butcher Boone is an all-id all-the-time Australian painter of enormous talent and renown. Now divorced and bankrupted by his former wife, who tired of his excesses, Butcher has been reduced to caretaking a remote estate for his largest collector. And since the deaths of his working-class parents, he has also been saddled with his beloved, bedeviling brother, Hugh, who, like Butcher, has a primarily pugilistic relationship with the world. One rain-flooded night, a chic young woman knocks on their door, having lost her way. She is Marlene, wife of Olivier Leibovitz, son and heir to an early 20th-century master. Soon the brothers are embroiled in an international crime investigation that eventually comprises forgery, vast sums of money and murder. None of this, however, distracts Butcher from his overpowering love affair with Marlene, which threatens to leave Hugh stranded in an unforgiving world. Scenes in Australia, Japan and New York feature unique forms of fleecing, but setting and action are icing on the emotional core of Carey's newest masterwork.
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Two-time Booker-winner Carey (Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang) returns with a magnificent high-stakes art heist wrapped around a fraternal saga. Butcher Boone is an all-id all-the-time Australian painter of enormous talent and renown. Now divorced and bankrupted by his former wife, who tired of his excesses, Butcher has been reduced to caretaking a remote estate for his largest collector. And since the deaths of his working-class parents, he has also been saddled with his beloved, bedeviling brother, Hugh, who, like Butcher, has a primarily pugilistic relationship with the world. One rain-flooded night, a chic young woman knocks on their door, having lost her way. She is Marlene, wife of Olivier Leibovitz, son and heir to an early 20th-century master. Soon the brothers are embroiled in an international crime investigation that eventually comprises forgery, vast sums of money and murder. None of this, however, distracts Butcher from his overpowering love affair with Marlene, which threatens to leave Hugh stranded in an unforgiving world. Scenes in Australia, Japan and New York feature unique forms of fleecing, but setting and action are icing on the emotional core of Carey's newest masterwork.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stan Pretty

Length:

10h 51m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:48


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

26:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

18:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

13:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

20:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

11:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

11:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:30


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:45


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

10:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:31


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

14:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

10:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:19


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

00:29