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Theft (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Peter Carey

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Title:Theft
Authors:Peter Carey
Info:Faber and Faber (2007), Paperback, 320 pages
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Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey (2006)

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i don't have a lot of peter carey experience. the only other book ih ave read by him is Parrot and Olivier in America. i think it was also a 3-star read for me. which isn't a bad thing...but i always feel that 3-star reads are books that, while fine, could have been better. so i get bummed out when i land on a 3-star rating. (aside: both of the carey novels i have read contain a privileged character named 'olivier' -- ummm...what's up with that, dude?)

anyway...theft was interesting but i felt certain moments in the story to be flimsy - i was not wholly invested in the plots or the motivations. so that was a bit of a sticking point for me. i very much liked the fictional look at the art world, but i have no idea if it is authentic? (do/would people in the art world find this story believable??) so the novel has actually served to make me want to read some nonfiction on art theft or forgeries. so that's not a bad thing at all. ( )
  DawsonOakes | Jul 20, 2014 |
I enjoyed this novel overall, although found the second half more enjoyable than the first half. I have read it once; I have heard it stands up well to a second read to pick up what was missed the first time through. ( )
  crosbyc | Apr 25, 2013 |
A revelation of a read, and no mistake. It's the first Peter Carey I've read and I was bowled over by the combination of sublime storytelling, with prose that lights up the sky. I cannot believe it has taken me so long to get around to it. Vivid, thought-provoking, an emotional roller-coaster without ever being sentimental. Beautifully judged. ( )
  Melanielgarrett | Apr 2, 2013 |
I tried three hours of this eight hour audiobook and just could not engage with the story. ( )
  hemlokgang | Apr 2, 2013 |
Fast-paced, captivating. ( )
  KFMC | Dec 8, 2010 |
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From CD Case: "Theft is about obsession, deception, and redemption, a psychological suspense story and a work of charged, hilarious literary fiction. Michael--a.k.a. "Butcher" ---Boone is an ex- "really famous" painter: opinionated, furious, brilliant, and now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotional volatility. Alone together they've forged a delicate and shifting equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives on three-inch Manolo Blahnik heels, setting in motion a chain of events that could be of the making--or the ruin--of them all."
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Michael "Butcher" Boone is an ex-“really famous" painter, now reduced to living in a remote country house and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh. Alone together they've forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, she's also the daughter-in-law of the late great painter Jacques Liebovitz. Soon Marlene sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making--or the ruin--of them all.

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Reduced to living in a remote country house and serving as caretaker for his volatile and childlike brother Hugh, Michael "Butcher" Boone, a once-famous painter, finds his life changed by the arrival of an enigmatic young woman named Marlene.

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