The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey
I thought that it was about high time that I read something by one of Australia's most famous and talented authors. He has been in hot water recently regarding his closing speech at the Sydney Writers Festival; people thought that he was being very elitist. I haven't listened to the speech so I can't really comment, but I can say that is an extremely strange but enjoyable book. Here are the two opening lines:
"My name is Tristan Smith. I was born in Chemin Rouge in Efica - which is to say as much to you, I bet, as if I declared I was from the moon."I actually really love this opening. It is so catchy, it sets the tone of the book and the setting. I think that already we can tell that the character is a little self-centred; he starts his story with a short statement about who he is, and intimates that we don't quite have the intelligence that he does. You can sense the mockery in his tone when he says that second sentence. I can just picture him giving a little laugh and shaking his head at us for not knowing where he is from. Carey is undoubtedly an extremely talented writer.
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