Bliss

Bliss

Book - 1996
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For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack on his suburban front lawn, and, for the space of nine minutes, he becomes a dead guy. And although he is resuscitated, he will never be the same. For, as Peter Carey makes abundantly clear in this darkly funny novel, death is sometimes a necessary prelude to real life.

Part The Wizard of Oz , part Dante's Inferno , and part Australian Book of the Dead , Bliss is a triumph of uninhabited storytelling from a writer of extravagant gifts.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1996.
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
ISBN: 9780679767190
0679767193
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 21 cm.

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orphicfiddler
Aug 01, 2012

A whimsical thing (though serious, too) that doesn't perhaps go quite where you expected it to go. Much in the vein of the classic Year of the Hare; it seems that man is well aware of the limitations of modern life, and still longs for something savage and beautiful.

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jschoppert
Jul 11, 2013

"Bliss" is a wonderful book that leaves you feeling like the title when you've finished.

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