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Theft: A Love Story

A Love Story

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Theft: A Love Story is one of Peter Carey's most searingly inventive novels yet. Wise, funny, profound.

Michael 'Butcher' Boone is an ex-'really famous' painter, now reduced to living in a remote country house and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh. Alone together they've forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, she's the daughter-in-law of the late great painter Jacques Liebovitz. Soon Marlene sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making, or the ruin, of them all . . .

'Magnificent . . .A rudely brilliant, infuriatingly beautiful, belligerently profane work of art.' Janet Maslin, New York Times

'A consummate storyteller with a wicked eye and a tremendous ventriloquist's gift.' Atlantic Monthly

'Funny, rumbustious,

'Brilliantly inventive . . . An authentic love story about two brothers who can't stand themselves, and can't live without each other.' Seattle Times

'The work of a novelist willing his way into greatness minute by gritty minute.' The Australian

'Utterly absorbing . . . Afire with passion, both love and loathing.' Los Angeles Times Book Review

From Publishers Weekly

20 March 2006 – Two-time Booker-winner Carey (Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang) returns with a magnificent high-stakes art heist wrapped around a fraternal saga. Butcher Boone is an all-id all-the-time Australian painter of enormous talent and renown. Now divorced and bankrupted by his former wife, who tired of his excesses, Butcher has been reduced to caretaking a remote estate for his largest collector. And since the deaths of his working-class parents, he has also been saddled with his beloved, bedeviling brother, Hugh, who, like Butcher, has a primarily pugilistic relationship with the world. One rain-flooded night, a chic young woman knocks on their door, having lost her way. She is Marlene, wife of Olivier Leibovitz, son and heir to an early 20th-century master. Soon the brothers are embroiled in an international crime investigation that eventually comprises forgery, vast sums of money and murder. None of this, however, distracts Butcher from his overpowering love affair with Marlene, which threatens to leave Hugh stranded in an unforgiving world. Scenes in Australia, Japan and New York feature unique forms of fleecing, but setting and action are icing on the emotional core of Carey's newest masterwork. 75,000 announced first printing.
Theft: A Love Story
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 22 April 2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
  • Seller: Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
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