<i>Bliss</i> (1981)

Bruce Woodcock

in Peter Carey

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780719043604
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700532 | DOI:
Bliss (1981)

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This chapter studies Carey's first published novel, Bliss, which capitalised on the success of his stories. This novel presents the scenario of hippies versus capitalists and is characteristically eclectic. This chapter examines the elements of allegory and satirical comic fantasy in the novel, as well as the distinct combination of the clipped prose style and idiosyncratic imagery. It notes the study of the illusion of normality and the related issues of personal responsibility and considers the nature of capitalist delusions. This chapter also considers the various roles of the characters in Bliss.

Keywords: Bliss; hippies; capitalists; allegory; satirical comic fantasy; imagery; prose style; illusion of normality; personal responsibility; capitalist delusions

Chapter.  5302 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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