<i>The Unusal Life of Tristan Smith</i> (1994) and <i>The Big Bazoohley</i> (1995)

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:
The Unusal Life of Tristan Smith (1994) and The Big Bazoohley (1995)

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This chapter discusses two of Carey's novels, namely The Unusual Life of Tristan Smithand The Big Bazoohley. The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith is the strangest of all of Carey's novels and serves as his return to the overt alternative world-building found in the early stories. It identifies some of the issues addressed by this novel, which also addresses the question of the contradictory legacy of the imperial process. The Big Bazoohley, on the other hand, marks Carey's attempt at children's literature. This chapter shows that this novel uses the idea of adventurous risk-taking as its main idea.

Keywords: alternative world-building; imperial process; children's literature; adventurous risk-taking; Tristan Smith; The Big Bazoohley

Chapter.  3895 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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