Posted by Bonny on February 08, 1998 at 19:57:40:
In response to Peter Carey On the Web, written by Cassia on February 08, 1998 at 17:47:22
] This weeks New York Times Books Section has a review of Peter Carey's new novel Jack Maggs which I understand is a kind of take off on Charles Dickens.
] Carey Book
I have just finished reading "Jack Maggs", if anyone is interested in hearing an opinion I will post mine(no spoilers, I promise ). Not a take-off in the "sending up" sense, at least I didn't look at it that way, more using G.E. as a point of departure (wow, just used a cliche of my old art teacher's), or springboard, for his own novel. I think he found that new possibilities were inherent to a different point of view (from this you are to understand that Carey's protagonist is derived from Dicken's Magwitch...sorry ), and so the character Jack Maggs is not confined by Dicken's delineation of Magwitch, and "Jack Maggs" is by no means "Great Expectations". Hmm... I've already started opining, but if you want to know more - let me know.
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