Jack Maggs

Jack Maggs

Peter Carey / Jan 20, 2020

Jack Maggs Peter Carey s new novel set in London in is a thrilling story of mesmerism and possession of dangerous bargains and illicit love Jack Maggs raised and deported as a criminial has returned fr

  • Title: Jack Maggs
  • Author: Peter Carey
  • ISBN: 9780571193776
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • Peter Carey s new novel, set in London in 1837, is a thrilling story of mesmerism and possession, of dangerous bargains and illicit love Jack Maggs, raised and deported as a criminial, has returned from Australia, in secret and at great risk What does he want after all these years, and why is he so interested in the comings and goings at a plush townhouse in Great QueenPeter Carey s new novel, set in London in 1837, is a thrilling story of mesmerism and possession, of dangerous bargains and illicit love Jack Maggs, raised and deported as a criminial, has returned from Australia, in secret and at great risk What does he want after all these years, and why is he so interested in the comings and goings at a plush townhouse in Great Queen Street And why is Jack himself an object of such interest to Tobias Oates, celebrated author, amateur hypnotist and fellow burglar in this case of people s minds, of their histories and inner phantoms

    JACK MAGGS by Peter Carey Kirkus Reviews KIRKUS REVIEW Pardoned and prosperous in New South Wales, but still under penalty of death if discovered in England, the fearless Jack Maggs steps out of a coach one evening in London to search for Henry Phipps, the boy he had left behind years before He discovers Phipps s house, but, finding no one home, Maggs seeks employment as Jack Maggs Analysis eNotes Jack Maggs Although a product of the late twentieth century, Jack Maggs resembles a work from earlier times with its mannered prose, its vivid details that re create nineteenth century England, its Jack Maggs Insurance mapquest pThe Jack Maggs Agency is an insurance and financial solutions company It offers numerous products and services for clients, specializing in insurance coverage and title transfer services Some products offered include home, boat, motorcycle and auto insurance, including from companies such as Safeco, Hartford, American Modern, Victoria and . Jack Maggs Excerpt ReadingGroupGuides Jack Maggs The first of the passengers to alight after him saw the stranger take the porter, a famously insolent individual, firmly by the shoulder blade He held him there for a good moment, and it was obvious from the look which appeared on that sandy haired individual s face, that he held him very hard indeed. Jack Maggs BritLit blogsylor Nov , Jack Maggs, like the ink, is a character that is mostly absent in the story of Great Expectations Like the pattern that Jack writes, his life is backwards in the sense that his fortune comes after being released from prison. Jack Maggs Agency, Inc Insurance, Pittsburgh Jack Maggs Agency, Inc Insurance Big discounts for good drivers Snapshot personalizes your rate based on how, how much and when you drive Drive safe for your first policy term, and you can earn a big discount that stays with you for as long as you stay with us The average driver saves Join the millions of Snapshot drivers who are saving. Jack Maggs AbeBooks Jack Maggs by Carey, Peter and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks. Jack Maggs Peter Carey, writer, Booker Award winning JACK MAGGS The year is and a stranger is prowling London He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills of a hardened criminal, and he is risking his life on seeking vengeance and reconciliation. Jack Maggs by Peter Carey Penguin Random House Q Jack Maggs revisits Charles Dickens Great Expectations The character Jack Maggs is a reinterpretation of Dickens convict Magwitch, and Henry Phipps is a re imagination of Pip The character Jack Maggs is a reinterpretation of Dickens convict Magwitch, and Jack Maggs Agency of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania DMV DMV is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any state government agency. Jack F Maggs News, Sports, Jobs Williamsport Sun Gazette Jack was preceded in death by his wife of years, Mabel Haldeman Maggs and his son, Glenn Maggs Funeral services for Jack Maggs will be held at the Plot summary dbnusyvoudfront Jack Maggs is a novel by Australian novelist Peter Carey Plot summary Set in th century London, Jack Maggs is a reworking of the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. Random House for High School Teachers Catalog Jack Jack Maggs, a foundling trained in the fine arts of thievery, cruelly betrayed and deported to Australia, has now reversed his fortunes and seeks to fulfill his well concealed, innermost desire. Jack Maggs Summary and Analysis like SparkNotes Free AllReaders Jack Maggs AllReaders is a user sourced site, collecting reviews from the general public As such, the style and content of each review will vary A popular book may have dozens of reviews The bottom of each review page contains user contributed information on characters, themes, settings, and similar titles.

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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information.Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943 He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived In 1961 he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware of He was nineteen For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends, working in many advertising agencies in Melbourne, London and Sydney After four novels had been written and rejected The Fat Man in History a short story collection was published in 1974 This slim book made him an overnight success From 1976 Carey worked one week a month for Grey Advertising, then, in 1981 he established a small business where his generous partner required him to work only two afternoons a week Thus between 1976 and 1990, he was able to pursue literature obsessively It was during this period that he wrote War Crimes, Bliss, Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda Illywhacker was short listed for the Booker Prize Oscar and Lucinda won it Uncomfortable with this success he began work on The Tax Inspector In 1990 he moved to New York where he completed The Tax Inspector He taught at NYU one night a week Later he would have similar jobs at Princeton, The New School and Barnard College During these years he wrote The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Jack Maggs, and True History of the Kelly Gang for which he won his second Booker Prize He collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders In 2003 he joined Hunter College as the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing In the years since he has written My Life as a Fake, Theft, His Illegal Self and Parrot and Oliver in America shortlisted for 2010 Man Booker Prize.


    1. a tidy, pleasant entry within the wildly popular Victorian Mystery subgenre. or in this case, the slightly pre-Victorian Mystery subgenre. what is it about this era that holds so much fascination for readers? the most obvious guess is that the fans of these fictions always know that they will be enjoying luxurious expanses of gothic description, built on a foundation of cosseted repression meets wondrous discovery. Jack Maggs does not fail to satisfy on that level - and it is about a tenth the s [...]

    2. An almost 4 stars rounded upThis is an intelligent reworking of Great Expectations from the point of view of the convict; the eponymous Jack Maggs. Carey has a habit of doing this in his novels. The Unusual life of Tristan Smith relates to Sterne and Oscar and Lucinda is a reworking of Gosse’s Father and Son. Carey populates the novel with fantastical characters and fully immerses himself in Dickensian London with some vivid descriptive passages. Jack Maggs returns from Australia in secret (he [...]

    3. A post-colonial reworking of the story of Great Expectations, Jack Maggs is the tale of a transported convict who returns secretly to England to see Henry Phipps, the adopted son whose education he has financed. Unlike Great Expectations however, the convict's story is the central narrative of the book, rather than that of the young gentleman he has secretly fostered. Jack Maggs has known very little kindness in his life and this does not change when he finally meets up with Henry. He returns to [...]

    4. Time and place were chosen specially to make this magnificent stylization to Charles Dickens particularly credible.“Now, each day in the Morning Chronicle, each fortnight in the Observer, it was Tobias Oates who ‘made’ the City of London. With a passion he barely understood himself, he named it, mapped it, widened its great streets, narrowed its dingy lanes, framed its scenes with the melancholy windows of his childhood. In this way, he invented a respectable life for himself: a wife, a ba [...]

    5. Interesting to read a book about Victorians that is completely driven by dialogue, as opposed to the thick soup of expository language that is sometimes beautiful -- such as in Bleak House -- and sometimes awful -- such as in Bleak House. And on that note, Carey doesn't write like Dickens at all; with Carey, you don't the intense highs and lugubrious lows, but you do get to start a book you may actually finish.

    6. The story goes that Peter Carey read Charles Dickens‘s Great Expectations and felt that the convict character Magwitch, as an example of an early Australian, was treated badly. Carey also thought that perhaps Dickens‘s had known a person like Magwitch and had unfairly exploited his misfortune. An inspired Carey set out to write Jack Maggs. Maggs is a Magwitch type character and there is also Tobias Oates, writer and practitioner of magnetism (hypnotism), who is an analogue of Dickens.At firs [...]

    7. Dedication: For AlisonAuthor's Note: The author willingly admits to having once or twice stretched history to suit his own historical ends.Front quote ia a lengthy extract from Du magnétisme animal (1820) by Armand Marie Jacques de Chastenet, Marquis de Puységur.Opening: It was a Saturday night when the man with the red waistcoat arrived in London. It was, to be precise, six of the clock on the fifteenth of April in the year of 1837 that those hooded eyes looked out the window of the Dover coa [...]

    8. What a fun book to read! I was thoroughly caught up in the story and in the weirdness of Carey's Dickensian characters. I was especially delighted to dislike Percy Buckle at first, then to like him and think him nobel for saving poor Mercy Larkin--I thought he would be a kind of traditional Dickensian minor hero--then to despise him even more for learning what he does to her, and finally to laugh at him as he encounters his injured front door. And yet, somehow, I feel pity for him as Mercy sees [...]

    9. Because of a love for Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang I picked up this book at a library used book sale, and it sat in a box for over a year.Late one night I found myself without any late night reading material. A recently unpacked copy of Jack Maggs stared back at me from our book shelves.What a fabulous find. The period, setting, and characters are often compared with Dickens, but they so exceed Dickens' 2-dimensional approach.I stayed up much later than late to find out the mysterious [...]

    10. An engrossing old-fashioned story about a stranger with a mysterious past arriving in London in the 1800s. Jack Maggs lives an adventure, with twisting, turning motives and secrets. Seeking a man at an abandoned house, he is taken on as a footman at the house next door, merely because of his height. Learning the skills of the job prove to be hilarious, though there is the looming threat of the hangman's noose. Mesmerism is the manner that reveals some of his criminal past, as does a letter he wr [...]

    11. Second Review: This is a very cool book, combining its Dickensian inspiration with a more modern Victorian crime feel, almost with the atmosphere of a lot of steampunk works, but without the gadgets. Definitely a set of compelling characters, again both building off the foundation Dickens laid in Great Expectations, but clearly reworked from a contemporary standpoint--postcolonial, post-Freudian, postmodern, etc. I am working on an article about how Carey adapts Great Expectations and how the va [...]

    12. I'm going to start with a disclaimer, I'm a fan of Peter Carey. A few years ago, I picked "My Life as a Fake" off the library bookshelf without knowing a thing about Peter Carey. I enjoyed it so much I read "True History of the Kelley Gang" and was blown away. I think "Jack Maggs" is brilliant, although I'm not the person to offer a neutral assessment. "Jack Maggs" begins with the title character's arrival in 1837 London. He's a wealthy guy looking for a Henry Phipps, but Phipps has fled his hom [...]

    13. 'Great Expectations' is one of my favourite of the classics, and ever since reading 'The true History of the Kelly Gang' I believe Peter Carey is unsurpassable at his best. So, this post-colonial re-telling of Pip's benefactor, the glorious Magwitch, should have been right up my street.Well, it was and it wasn't. Carey manages to get into the heart (and bowels) of Victorian London and his descriptive skill is as sharp as ever. The cast of supporting characters are appropriately Dickensian but ha [...]

    14. I've had this book on my shelves for close to ten years. I know I originally acquired this because it is on the list of "1001 books you must read before you die." To me, the books on this list are kind of hit and miss but this one was well worth reading. It is basically a reworking of Dickens' Great Expectations from the point of view of the convict, Jack Maggs (Magwitch). Maggs has returned illegally from his exile in Australia to seek out the young man who did him a favor just before Maggs was [...]

    15. Peter Carey became one of my favourite authors from my HSC study of Oscar and Lucinda. I suspect the reason behind this was that that work was set in the same period as some of the other (to my younger self) fusty works but brimmed with self-confidence and interest. I've managed to reread it on an almost yearly basis since I first devoured it (the night before a reading diary was due - one I'd supposedly been writing all holidays) though in the years since I've discovered that this compulsive co [...]

    16. Have you ever read Great Expectations? The main character Philip Pirrip ,known as Pip, runs into a convict in the opening scene of the novel. This is Abel Magwitch who meets young Pip at a graveyard. Magwitch tricks the seven-year-old boy into believing that he has an accomplice who is a terrible young man who would tear out and eat Pip's heart and liver if Pip did not help them. Pip, terrified, steals a pork pie, brandy and a file from his house and brings them to Magwitch the next morning. The [...]

    17. I have not read Dickens*gasps noted*'s true. So, I cannot make any clever comparisons between the two authors' works or make any comment on Carey's depiction of the obsessive author in this novel being like Dickens, I really don't know enough to say. What I do know is that I loved this book. The writing is wonderful, the characters are complex and the story is bittersweet, in other words the perfect recipe for a great novel. It reminded me of 'Fingersmith' by Sarah Waters which is also set in Vi [...]

    18. I loved this book! This is the story based on Dickens' Great Expectations, but told through the eyes of Jack Maggs (Magwitch in GE). Maggs meets young orphan Henry Phipps (Pip in GE) as a convict on his way to sentencing in Australia. Henry shows him kindness by giving him some food. Maggs remembers this single act of compassion and after serving his prison sentence and making a large fortune in Australia, sends a large monthly allowance which provides Henry with a very idle and rich life. Maggs [...]

    19. This is a fun book, especially if you know anything about Charles Dickens' life. Carey tackles the task of giving voice to the Australian convict who gives Pip his inheritance, but in such a way that the character (Jack Maggs) interacts with Dickens. It's a commentary on the appropriation of identity and the inherent dangers that lie in the dictatorship that it entails. But it's also a quick, enjoyable read even if you just skim the surface and stick to the plot. Carey's writing is colorful, aut [...]

    20. To be fair, this is probably a really good book, and if I ever read it again, I might just like it.Trouble is, I read this book when I was 12. Ummmat was a mistake on my part (and my parents, haha), but still--quite disturbing! And pretty sure I won't be reading it again for awhile, just because every time I think of it, I always remember "that scene." :[Anyway, the moral of the story is--parents, check what your kids are reading! And kids, I don't care how mature you are, some stuff just isn't [...]

    21. I quit Maggs about halfway through. I wanted to like it; it's got a Dickens-like ring to it, though leaner language, much more narrow scope, very slight attempt at humor or warmth.hell, I tried not to compare it to Dickens, but whether I succeeded or not is an open question. I just know I grew bored, then actively irritated. No characters to latch onto, everyone's motives very murky with no light in sight - just not much life to it and very little interesting detail of the period, unless you fin [...]

    22. 2.5* I can't decide whether the tie to "Great Expectations" helps this book or not. If I could have read it without thinking about how it was different from or similar to the Dickens plot, I think I would have enjoyed it more. Not to say that I didn't enjoy it. Carey is an excellent writer, and this book, of the ones I've read, was the easiest to read by far. My advice to those wanting to read this - think of it as a study of Jack Maggs as a character, rather than reading with the shades of "Gre [...]

    23. Nearly gave up several times!! Took a while to work out what was going on and thee were several annoying characters, one of whom was Maggs himself. However, I became engaged and found it amusing and then poignant. I always find Carey difficult to read and have only finished a few of his books, but the ones i do finish i love. Wouldn't say I loved this one to the same degree as Oscar & Lucinda, but it was a good read.

    24. This book has all the fun of Dickens without the long sentences but with the twisty turny plot and cast of orphans, criminals, charlatans, arrivistes, and backyard abortionists. There's a bit in the middle where nothing happens for a while but don't be put off, stuff eventually starts happening again and it's great!

    25. Deported to Oz, JM returns to find his 'son'. explores his power over others -the 'criminal' vs power of mesmerising/ magnetism, hypnotism and possession. Good story, Dickensian flavourvid people and places

    26. I loved this book. It reveals the dark side of Dickens' Great Expectations, and its postcolonialism haunts in much the same way of Wide Sargasso Sea.

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