There are 8 critical essays on Jack Maggs.
Critical Essays on Jack Maggs
Interview by Peter Carey and Ramona Koval
6,147 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following interview, Carey discusses the works of Charles Dickens, his inspiration for writing Jack Maggs, and the impact writing has on his life.
Critical Essay by Anthony J. Hassall
4,686 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Hassall examines the differences between Jack Maggs's characterization in Jack Maggs with the character of Magwitch in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations.
Critical Essay by Robert Ross
2,928 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following essay, Ross offers a laudatory review of Jack Maggs and analyzes the novel along with Carey's other works in terms of the political, social, and cultural issues Australia faces as a postcolonial nation.
Critical Review by Brooke Allen
1,732 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review, Allen provides a favorable assessment of Jack Maggs and offers insights to the novel's underlying message.
Critical Review by Karl Miller
1,683 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review, Miller contends that Carey's purpose for writing Jack Maggs is to refute the stereotypical portrayal of Australia as a land of criminals and brutes.
Critical Review by Frank Kermode
1,603 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Kermode praises Carey's tightly controlled plot and imaginative ideas in Jack Maggs.
Critical Review by Philip Hensher
1,228 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Hensher appreciates the control Carey employs while writing the characters in Jack Maggs but argues that Carey's abrupt prose style clashes with the subtlety of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, the novel on which Jack Maggs is loosely based.
Critical Review by Richard Eder
1,154 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Eder describes Jack Maggs as a brilliantly written novel, likening Carey's text to a work Charles Dickens might have written if he were not constrained by the social mores of the nineteenth-century.
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