Knowing

Frank Kermode

  • Bliss by Peter Carey
    Faber, 296 pp, £6.50, November 1981, ISBN 0 571 11769 4
  • Exotic Pleasures by Peter Carey
    Picador, 192 pp, £1.95, October 1981, ISBN 0 330 26550 4

When I started reading Bliss I hadn’t read Mr Carey’s first book, The Fat Man in History, though like everybody else I had heard the stories acclaimed in terms which made the prospect of his first novel very attractive. It is therefore both surprising and regrettable that I have to say that Bliss is a bad novel, though by a talented author.

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