Jack Maggs | Critical Review by Frank Kermode

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Jack Maggs.
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Critical Review by Frank Kermode

SOURCE: Kermode, Frank. “Pooka.” London Review of Books 19, no. 20 (16 October 1997): 8.

In the following review, Kermode praises Carey's tightly controlled plot and imaginative ideas in Jack Maggs.

According to its dust-jacket, Jack Maggs is ‘by the author of Oscar and Lucinda’. It is in some respects unlike that novel, being shorter, darker and less furiously though still adequately inventive. Its economy may shock some folk, for Peter Carey is known to be an exuberant novelist, copious, various and fantastic. It is possible to admire his books for their lack of respect for boundaries, for the qualities they share with the work of modern Latin American novelists. However, they are always Australian. Antipodean glossaries are sometimes needed. The Old World is usually present for purposes of unfavourable comparison, implied rather than stated. There is a detectable...

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