Teaser Tuesday: The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey


The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey

This book is written by one of Australia's most famous and talented writers, Peter Carey. Although I found his book, The True History of the Kelly Gang, absolutely wonderful, I am now having a bit of difficulty with this one. It is so strange, and has such a strange energy about it that I almost feel a bit suspicious about it. Suspicious of what exactly I am not sure. But it is undoubtedly one of the most unusual books I have ever read.

Here is my teaser which is from page 184:
"I sat up in my own private dusty dark and recited bits of Shakespeare to the empty seats - Richard the Third - you would not have understood a word I said, but you were not there, Madam, Meneer, and your pity did not tarnish the glamour of the role."
Tristan talks to this "Madam, Meneer" throughout the book and I have yet to determine who or what exactly she is. I will be look forward to reading your teasers.

If anyone is looking to read a review of another Australian book, check out my review of debut novel The Book of Lost Threads here.

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Teaser Tuesday is great meme hosted by Should Be Reading and is a great way to find out about new books.Here are the guidelines: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

27 comments

  1. I can't decide if that's supposed to be sad or not.

    Mine's here.

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  2. hmm definitely a weird one! Hope it all makes sense in the end :-)

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  3. I don't know if I could keep reading if it was so strange. Hopefully it gets better further into the book :)

    HERE is my teaser for this week.

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  4. Does seem a bit odd, but I hope you enjoy it in the end!
    My post: Dead in the Family

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  5. Very interesting teaser choice! I like it, though. It has me curious about this book. I'm anxious for your review!

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  6. Interesting teaser! The character seems a little lonely to me. I can’t help but wonder if he’s talking to himself.

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  7. How very interesting, a bit different and I look forward to your review. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesdays-the-blind-contessas-new-machine.html

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  8. Interesting teaser. Very different. Here's mine:

    http://thebookjunkiesbookshelf.blogspot.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesday-hunger-games.html

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  9. I love his books. I read The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith about ten years ago before I started book blogging. Mine's from Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami.

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  10. Yeah, that's definitely different!

    JHS
    Colloquium

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  11. I have wanted to read this book for ages so what a good teaser!

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  12. He sounds very defiant. Here is my teaser for this week.

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  13. This sounds like a Carey Teaser lol! I really did enjoy Bliss - eventually. Mine this week is from Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo:

    http://melbooksnstuff.blogspot.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesday-cosmopolis-by-don.html

    He is an unusal and perlexing writer also :)

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  14. Very interesting and intriguing.I'm wondering who is Madam, Meneer also now!

    here's mine;

    http://darlynandbooks.blogspot.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesdays-shadow-kiss.html

    happy Tuesday!

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  15. Great teaser, this sounds like an interesting read. I hope you find out what that means!
    My Teaser is here.

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  16. Like that you also linked to another australian review, so I can see if this is something to explore :)
    My teaser for this Tuesday is at http://readseverything.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-teaser-is-from-first-book-i-am.html

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  17. Interesting teaser...looking forward to reading your review of this book.

    Here's my teaser.

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  18. Sounds intriguing based on your description and teaser. My teaser is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  19. I can see how that might be a little tricky -- I'll be interested to hear who she is when you figure it out!

    Here's mine:

    http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesdays-someone-to-kill-and-eat.html

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  20. Great teaser! Mine comes from Bram Stoker's Dracula this week. Here's the link.

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  21. Interesting teaser! Doesn't really sound like my kind of book though. I am glad you are enjoying it. Mine is from The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston. Happy reading!

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  22. Intriguing teaser, here is mine http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesdays.html

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  23. The only Peter Carey book I have read was Jack Maggs, which I ended up liking but wasn't totally convinced about it for a while there.

    My teaser is from The Passage.

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  24. What? You don't know who he is referring to, that is kind of weird. I hope that gets resolved. I would feel like I missed something from the beginning and it would leave my crazy confused! Have a great week!

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  25. Beth hit the nail on the head when she said he sounded defiant. He is incredibly defiant, and self-centred and full of his own self worth. A definite anti-hero if ever there was one.

    Thanks for stopping past everyone!

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