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Theft: A Love Story


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Theft: A Love Story - from the author of Amnesia, Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey's Booker longlisted novel of art, friendship and fraud.

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Peter Carey received the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda and again for True History of the Kelly Gang. His novel, Parrot and Olivier in America, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2010. His other honours include the Commonwealth Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York for twenty years.


Vance splits the difference between Cockney and Aussie in his reading of Carey's tale of art and family. At times, he sounds significantly like Michael Caine in his broad working-class tones, elongating his vowels in an English version of a Southern drawl. For other characters, the Australian in Vance wins out, likely reminding American listeners of Crocodile Dundee or the narrator in those Foster's beer commercials. Vance pulls off both styles admirably in reading Carey's book about two brothers, one a painter and the other a childlike innocent, who are drawn into stealing paintings belonging to the father-in-law of a beautiful stranger. Vance does a credible job of echoing the half-tempo cadences of the impaired Slow Bones, bringing the hurtling pace of his reading to a relative halt each time he wrestles with his dialogue, imitating Slow Bones's thick-tongued efforts to translate thought into speech. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 20). (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"'A funny, gorgeous steal of a book.' Ali Smith"

Once famous painter Michael lives in isolation on the estate of a major collector, devoting himself to the care of an emotionally fragile brother. So it's good news when fetching young Marlene traipses into their life, right? With a 75,000-copy first printing; four-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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