My Life as a Fake

My Life as a Fake Peter Carey s My Life as a Fake is a literate mystery of forgeries and doppelgangers with a fictional manuscript at its heart The mystery the origin of a brilliant but purportedly faked poem fuels a w

  • Title: My Life as a Fake
  • Author: Peter Carey
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  • Page: 496
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  • Peter Carey s My Life as a Fake is a literate mystery of forgeries and doppelgangers with a fictional manuscript at its heart The mystery the origin of a brilliant but purportedly faked poem fuels a whirlwind pursuit through Australia and across the wilds of Malaysia Grappling with her own childhood demons, Carey s bibliophile sleuth, Sarah Wode Douglass, sometimes becPeter Carey s My Life as a Fake is a literate mystery of forgeries and doppelgangers with a fictional manuscript at its heart The mystery the origin of a brilliant but purportedly faked poem fuels a whirlwind pursuit through Australia and across the wilds of Malaysia Grappling with her own childhood demons, Carey s bibliophile sleuth, Sarah Wode Douglass, sometimes becomes lost in the exotic and bloody chase The novel opens as Sarah, the reluctant tourist and editor of The Modern Review, is dragged by a foppish poet friend, John Slater, to Kuala Lumpur Sarah is intent on biding her time in her hotel, but a chance encounter with a scabrous reader of Rilke soon transforms Sarah s plans and, ultimately, her life The reader, the Australian poet Christopher Chubb, is the disgraced initiator of a great literary hoax the faked poems of the non existent Bob McCorkle The McCorkle hoax was Chubb s attempt to bring down a rising poetry editor, David Weiss When the hoax was exposed, Weiss was believed to have committed suicide But, living in exile, Chubb has hidden a secret for decades Bob McCorkle had seemingly materialized in human form, killing Weiss and destroying Chubb s life Sarah is tantalized by a fragment of supposed McCorkle poetry that Chubb has shared with her Whether it is a fake or the work of a madman, Sarah believes it is genius Her obsession, however, drives her and Chubb to the precipice of self destruction The primary story Chubb s pursuit of McCorkle lives in the fictional past, and the plot occasionally becomes muddled in the nest of narrators recalling conversations second or third hand In playing out the McCorkle affair, Carey s denouement comes too quickly If Sarah is transformed, Carey doesn t reveal enough of her in the text He is mesmerized, as is the reader, by Chubb s horrific tale With its small shortcomings, the novel offers a sophisticated interrogation of authorship and fakery and the power of art Carey avoids simplifying the McCorkle mystery, leaving the reader to puzzle out McCorkle s bizarre incarnation While My Life as a Fake is frequently entertaining, the atmospheric mystery occasionally glimpses the profound Patrick O Kelley

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    1. An exceptional novel from Peter Carey. It may even be better than the brilliant True History of the Kelly Gang. I can not recommend it too highly. A dazzler.

    2. Do you live your own life? Or do you try to imitate the others?And if you’re trying to imitate a fictional personage will you become one? Will you end up as an ultimate hoax?Peter Carey is once again full of originality. And ‘hoax’ is a keyword of My Life as a Fake…“He is right, he said quietly. The hoax misfired. I wished to make a point, but only to a few. Who cares about poetry? Fifty people in Australia? Ten with minds you might respect. Once Weiss had declared my fake was a work o [...]

    3. Take a real literary hoax from 1940s Australia and mix with Frankensteinis is what you get. If you are a genius. Lately I am going through a bit of an Australian/New Zealand reading craze. I had never heard of Peter Carey. Now I am a wreck who can't stop thinking about how much I would like to french this guy. I loved the strangeness of itwhich seemed very Nabokov to me. I love authors who can take ridiculous set ups and make them so real you dream about nothing else while you're reading the sto [...]

    4. Şiirin peşinde güzel bir hikayesi, Malezya sokaklarında ilginç bir gezinti ile enterasan bir kurgusu olan bir roman. Yazar 1943 de Avustralya'da yaşanan Ern Malley hilesini kullanarak tasarlamış romanını. Yer yer tempo fena düşüyor , yan karakterlerin hikayesine çok yer veriyor ve sanırım bütününü biraz bozuyor. Yine de Malezya sokaklarının kokusunu dahi hissedebileceğimiz kadar iyi yazmış detayları. Epey üzerinde çalışılmış bir roman. Tanımadığım ve hiç oku [...]

    5. This is the second novel by Peter Cary I have read. His Illegal Self was the first. I liked My Life as a Fake much more. The language is rich and organic mirroring the jungle in which it takes place. The plot pulled my along as well. It kept things a mystery until the end. The novel is narrated by Sarah Wode-Douglas, the editor of an English poetry magazine. She is traveling with a rich playboy poet who she blames for her mother’s suicide. He drags her to Kuala Lumpur. There she encounters Chr [...]

    6. In 1943 two conservative classicists set out to expose the absurdity of modernist poetry. Both James McAuley and Harold Stewart were classical trained poets, who didn’t think much about modernism; it didn’t rhyme, didn’t make sense and it just didn’t look right, it was fake poetry. If an everyman can abandon technique and rhythm and create poetry, what was the point of high art? They created this everyman, Ern Malley and submitted poetry under this name to the literary magazine Angry Pen [...]

    7. Carey uses the infamous Ern Malley Hoax of the 1940s as the core of his novel and investigates, imaginatively, what happens with the hoax and to the people who become embroiled with it. I’ve thought about hoaxes in the Arts & I don’t think I know of any incident where the originator(s) end up becoming celebrated artists. The closest I can think of is Kreistler’s fake Baroque pieces, which are rarely played and almost never in the concert hall. It shook, but didn’t ruin his reputation [...]

    8. The lyrical, elegant prose seduced me from page 1. How could I resist this?“That same year I was born… to a beautiful, impatient Australian mother and a no less handsome but rather posh English father, Lord Wiliam Wode-Douglass, generally known as Boofy.”This book is based on the infamous Ern Malley scandal that took place in the 1940’s in Australia.The story in the novel is about a hoax avant-garde poet who is created by a conservative academic named Christopher Chubb. He does this to t [...]

    9. This novel was disjointed, confusing, and annoying. At times there was clever dialogue which kept me going but ultimately it was to no avail as the entire thing collapsed on itself by the end. The story of a poetry magazine editor who travels to Malaysia with an acquaintance, the editor stumbles upon a man who presents a book full of poetry of such high caliber, the editor believes she has discovered the modern TS Elliot. However, with the poems comes the necessity of slowing prying apart the st [...]

    10. This was my first Peter Carey, and if others say it is not his best, I'll definitely have to read his other works. I may have been predestined to like it because I work in the publishing world.I disagree with people who say that it is confusing in content or in the way it is written. I like the jumps back and forth between "present day" and the past. One aspect that may be confusing is whether or not Chubb is crazy (or rather, how crazy), so it reads a bit like a psychological thriller. Carey le [...]

    11. Slow to get into, but once you do, you are taken on a whirlwind tour of a chase through Malaysia. Care's novel ends in a rather open-ended fashion, leaving you wondering how much of the story to believe.***I went to bed with the disconcerting knowledge that almost everything I had assumed about my life was incorrect, that I had been baptised in blood and raised on secrets and misconstructions which had, obviously, made me who I was (133).

    12. I love Peter Carey. If every artist is indeed a thief, Carey is a literary larcenist. I've read three of his novels this year and all were fantastic and all seemed to be written by an inspired ventriloquist who juggles voice to voice, scene to scene, on a tightrope of his own fancy.

    13. This review is from: My Life as a Fake (Paperback)The problem with a 5 point scale for reviews is that scores are so unrefined. I never thought that I would be awarding such a celebrated author 3 stars. However, reviewers can only score against a measure that is relevant to the kind of work, or the kind of author. In this case, 3 stars represents my opinion of this novel in comparison with Peter Carey's others.Early on, the narrator is shown to have had the cheek to send critical suggestions to [...]

    14. This is a work that aims high, but ends up forgetting what its target was in the first place. If allowing Frankenstein to give an Asian travelogue is a brave move, telling the story via three unreliable narrators is perhaps a foolhardy one, which gives the novel it's disjointed feel. The early scenes are all based around empathising with the narrator as she's thrown into confusion regarding her present and past, and getting to know her via the meetings with the novels two other central character [...]

    15. BORING!!! Does winning a Booker prize mean you can then write as much rubbish as you like and still get it on the bestseller list? Is sprinkling your story (and I use the term loosely) with poetry and references to the lives of poets all you have to do to be "literary"? If that's the case, that means I should be able to weave nursery rhymes into a bad narrative and have it hailed as great literature I don't think I'll waste any more of my precious time reading his books.

    16. Πολύ έξυπνη η αρχική ιδέα, με πολλές προεκτάσεις. Θα μου άρεσε περισσότερο αν ήταν λιγότερο φλύαρο και αν η μετάφραση δεν ήταν τόσο μα τόσο κακή (είχε και επιμελήτρια, τρομάρα τους).

    17. Ern Malley'ye inanan Max Harris' i çok iyi anlıyorum. Bu gerçeklikten haberdar olmama rağmen dehşetle ve umutla ben bile inandım. Baştan sona kalp çarpıntısı, tiksinme, merak ile okudum. İnsanlığın bu hali saf sadece inanmış hali Dehşet hissinin sebebi buymuş bitince anladım.

    18. Gue udah sampe entah pada halaman berapa. Gue memutuskan untuk ngga ngelanjutin baca. Kenapa? karena CAPEK.Dari halaman ketiga, gue sadar bahwa buku ini ditulis tanpa bentuk kalimat aktif. Maksudnya, tanpa tanda koma dan tanda petik pada setiap ucapan para tokoh di buku ini.Dan gue jadi capek. Karena gue jadi susah membedakan mana yang ucapan, mana yang kalimat cerita. Semuanya terasa lempeng dot kom.Tapi gue paksain baca. Sampe pada cerita mengenai masa lalu si Sarah. Itu menurut gue menarik. K [...]

    19. Ern Mallory, apparently, was a famous Australian literary hoaxer circa 1940. The hoax consisted of a handful of faux-T.S. Eliot highbrow modernist poems written by a pair of anti-modernist poets as a sort of a joke. The poems were intended to be cliche parodies illustrating all the worst, most self-indulgent, hyperbolic aspects of modernist poetry. The fictitious poet, Mallory, was conscientiously packaged as a Marxist class hero--a well-read, erudite, self-educated working man (bicycle repairma [...]

    20. Carey writes beautifully. His settings drip with realism and his characters are completely believable. Unfortunately in this case his characters were three elitist white bores having their emotional dramas in Kuala Lumpur. There are a series of exoticised Asian stereotypes, a cursory mention now and then that colonialism might not be such a great thing for everyone but mostly the three very unlikeable characters live out their dramas in a way that exploits rather than explores the setting.I comp [...]

    21. One of my favourite books of all time. As you probably know, it uses as its basis the Ern Malley hoax (see more at: ernmalley/ ) which was an attempt at a critique of the taste for the Modern in Australian poetry, a dig at the pseuds. Carey looks at how it might have all come back on the hoaxer. What happens if you create a monster? The story of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is very much on PC's mind here, and he doesn't mind signposting that. I saw a few parallels with Coleridge's The Rime of the [...]

    22. The narrator of My Life is a Fake is the English poetry editor Sarah Wode-Douglass. She travels to Kuala Lumpur on the invitation of her acquaintance, the poet John Slater, with whom she has a long and complicated past. By accident she meets Chubb who is working in a bicycle repair shop. He gives her a glimpse of a poem by the poet he created named McCorkle. Sarah is desperate to retrieve this poet's work to make her own claim to fame. However, first she must hear the whole gruesome story behind [...]

    23. I've read a couple of novels by Peter Carey now, and after reading this, I've promised myself that I'm going to read everything that he's ever written. Reading this makes me think that if you've not read anything by Peter Carey, there's an undiscovered goldmine out there for you.A literary magazine editor gets dragged to Kuala Lumpur, where she hears the story of an Australian poet who invented a writer, and associated body of work, in order to hoax a rival. The fraudulent poems are published, a [...]

    24. Genial. Por tratarse de un tema "para especialistas" -el de un engaño literario- pensé que podría toparme con un denso despliegue de referencias oscuras e ironías cultas, pero el libro se lee con la rapidez de un thriller. El lenguaje de Carey es además muy rico en metáforas y comparaciones, los diálogos rápidos y precisos, la aventura rica y colorida.La editora de una revista inglesa de poesía es puesta en la pista de un material excepcional, por parte de un famoso y decadente escritor [...]

    25. The strangest, craziest part of this book is that it is inspired by true events. (Two guys on a military base in Australia invent a poet, who is deemed the next literary genius, before the whole hoax comes out.) Peter Carey injects a Frankenstein note: what if the made-up character were to then come to life by someone claiming to be the poet? I loved the premise, but the romp through Malaysia (jungles! machetes! natives!) seemed a little unnecessary, and the plot got confusing. Part of me wonder [...]

    26. What a strange, fantastic book. The characters are rich and interesting. Particularly adorable is the narrator, Sarah. She is so incredibly unlikeable, snobbish and boring yet somehow also sympathetic and terribly human. Carey had me laughing out loud at her awkward contradictions The story itself has such a strange setup and takes the reader to some very unexpected places, all for the love of poetry, and more specifically, Sarah's ambition to associate herself with the poetry of genius. I'll av [...]

    27. This is based on a true story about a literary hoax that made fools of some prominent literary snobs. I suspect this book is a bit of a literary hoax itself, intended to poke fun at literary snobs in general. If you read it with that understanding, it is hilarious. Dropped names are more plentiful than cow piles on a Tennessee farm and the plot gets so thick you could stand a utility pole in it. I enjoyed Carey's style. As crazy as it got, it was never boring. However, if you expect resolution, [...]

    28. Australian talespinner Carey wins points with this affecting and ingenious potboiler about a literary feud gone sour, set in a sinister southeast Asian backwater. These days, of course, it's hard to believe that a hoax concerning poets and their publication in literary journals would merit anything more than a yawn, let alone a career-ending, suicide-inducing succès de scandale; yet such is the bygone literary world that Carey invokes, with a combination of pathos and glamour. The narrative dra [...]

    29. Well, kalau Anda jadi tertarik membaca buku ini karena kata2 di sampul belakangnya menyebut setting cerita ini di antaranya di Indonesia, bolehlah sebal. Indonesia cuma jadi tempelan tempat dengan menyebut beberapa kota di Jawa dan Sumatera. Untuk kejadiannya pun tak makan tempat sampai tiga halaman. Ternyata Malaysia abis-lah. Tapi, saya curiga. Singapura kali ya, dengan Singlish-nya yang terkenal itu?*sepotong curhat*

    30. Unfortunately, Bob McCorkle isn't the only fake thing in this book. Disturbingly false is Carey's portrayal of artistic genius as supernatural zombie magic, instead of the 90% perspiration that it is.And that even isn't as hollow as the notion that an old Chinese lady in a motorcycle shop in K.L. named Mrs. Lim must be a feral machete psychokiller.Carey's plot is so convoluted that this isn't a spoiler.

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