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Amnesia Audiobook

Amnesia

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Publisher's Summary

Has a young Australian woman declared cyber war on the United States? The Justice Department thinks so. Or was her Angel Worm intended only to open the prison doors of those unfortunates detained by Australia's harsh immigration policies? Did America suffer collateral damage? Can she be extradited to a country with the death penalty? Is she innocent? Can she be saved? Enter her mother, the actress Celine Baillieux.

With Celine comes the outrageous Woody Townes, a Melbourne property developer, millionaire, and patron of left wing causes. Murray delivers half a million dollars bail to the court, appoints a distinguished lawyer, and hires an old mate to write a biography to vindicate the young woman.

The old mate is Felix Moore, known to his fellow journalists as Felix Moore-or-less correct. His politics are far too left. His grasp of reality is sometimes unreliable. He is a magnet for law suits. His career is over, and then he gets this chance. I had fought the good fight all my life , he confesses, but I had also become an awful creature along the way.

It will be our great good fortune to live inside Felix's comic, cowardly, angry, fundamentally humane character as he attempts to find redemption.

Amnesia is a masterful novel, both dark and funny, whose tangled roots drive deep into the denied history of the United States, the CIA, and its relationship with it's old friend and client, Australia.

©2014 Peter Carey (P)2014 Canongate Books in partnership with Faber & Faber Ltd

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    David Cooper Edinburgh, UK 21/06/2016
    David Cooper Edinburgh, UK 21/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Important reminder.
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    I'm pleased I now know about the history at the heart of this book. Now want to find out more.
    Carey is a very skilled writer, but I felt strangely uninvolved with the characters. Maybe if it was the rather macho delivery of narrator. Kinda glad to get to the end for whatever reason.

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    DT 16/09/2015
    DT 16/09/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Not to be forgotten"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, because it is so good on alternative Australian political culture, though I wouldn't make this my first Peter Carey novel.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Australian political culture.


    What does Colin Friels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    See below.


    Was Amnesia worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    “Amnesia” is tough-going as an audiobook, not because Colin Friels reads it badly; actually, he is great on accents and enhances the humour. But Peter Carey chooses to tell this story of Australian alternative political culture and its grievances against the USA in a sometimes bewildering way. There are many time-shifts and the narrative point of view frequently changes, making it difficult to know who is speaking/writing, as Felix Moore, who describes himself as Australia’s “sole remaining left-wing journalist”, goes about telling the story of Gaby Baillieux who has hacked into Australia’s prison computer system. That system is linked to the US’s prison system and she becomes an enemy of the US, as well. The latest in many enemies, as Felix tells the story, because the political centre of the novel is the legacy of the 1942 “Battle of Brisbane” between American and Australian armed forces and “the coup of 1975”, when “the people’s government was taken from them” and “the governor-general … had the armed forces on red-alert”. When the Queen’s representative removed elected Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, the CIA played a key role; indeed, it may have been a US coup, rather than a British one. This extraordinary event reverberates through the novel, influencing the present, and, for Felix, is part of the great political amnesia which gives the novel its title.

    “Amnesia” doesn’t match “Jack Maggs”, my favourite Peter Carey novel, but it is quite a tour-de-force. When I lost my way in the novel it didn’t really matter. “Amnesia” -- whoever happened to be narrating it -- flowed on, much as Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice”, flows, even when it isn’t clear what is going on.

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    Mini Henley-On-Thames 05/01/2015
    Mini Henley-On-Thames 05/01/2015 Member Since 2016

    Mini Monkeys love listening to books since normal books are far too big to read.

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    "Amnesia - totally forgettable"

    Really like Peter Carey and the "synopsis" sounded great. The book starts well and I had real good hopes after the first hour. Downhill all the way after that. There just isn't any intrigue. "Has a young woman declared cyber war on USA" - is the background but just doesn't rise to the surface from too much "past telling".

    Ashame... a forgettable book, aptely named!

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    malcolm Anstruther, United Kingdom 24/11/2014
    malcolm Anstruther, United Kingdom 24/11/2014 Member Since 2012

    I listen nearly every day whilst painting, fife scotland

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    "good but not his best"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Peter Carey is always time well spent


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good


    Did Amnesia inspire you to do anything?

    listen to more Peter Carey


    Any additional comments?

    I am a fan, if you have not listened to him before try another before this.

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