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Jack Maggs Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997
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The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia. He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills of a hardened criminal, and he is risking his life on seeking vengeance and reconciliation.
Influenced by Charles Dickens's Great Expectations.

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  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording, large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      Faber ,
      1997 .
      Extent: 327p.
      ISBN: 057119088X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Knopf ,
      1998 .
      Extent: 306p.
      ISBN: 0679440089
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Random House Canada ,
      1998 .
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      Extent: 306p.
      ISBN: 0679309187
    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Faber ,
      2011 .
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      Extent: 327p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 3 February 2011
      ISBN: 9780571270170
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
      Extent: 352p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 22 April 2015
      ISBN: 9780143571278
Language: Dutch

Works about this Work

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the De-Sacralisation of the Nation Lars Jensen , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , no. 16 2016; (p. 74-85)

Richard Flanagan’s novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North represents yet another addition to the catalogue of Australian war experience literature. The awards and accompanying praise the novel has earned since its release in 2013 reflects a widespread appreciation of its ability to reimagine Australia in a saturated terrain. Flanagan’s novel can be read as a critique of the rise of militant nationalism emerging in the wake of Australia’s backing of Bush’s ‘war on terror’ and the idea that the arrival of boat refugees requires a military and militant response. This article discusses how the novel’s shift from battle heroics to the ordeal of POWs in the Thai jungle represents a reimagining – away from the preoccupation with epic battles – but not necessarily a challenge to the overriding emphasis on baptism of fire narratives as the only truly national narratives.

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Peter Carey's Jack Maggs : Re-Doing Dickens's Re-Doings of Dickens C. Kenneth Pellow , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers on Language and Literature : A Journal for Scholars and Critics of Language and Literature , Winter vol. 49 no. 1 2013; (p. 86-108)
Emotion, Motive, Narrative : Finding Heartland in Kim Scott’s Benang and Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs Victoria Genevieve Reeve , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 3 2012;
'In this essay, I want to explore the possibility that the success of narrative in stimulating empathy comes from the relation that narrative bears to emotion—where emotion is a kind of proto-narrative that possibly accounts for the structure and range of narratives themselves —and that our familiarity with emotions as micro-narratives results in the motivation of narrative. That is, the resolution of events occurs in terms of feeling rather than other forms of closure, since other forms of closure represent literal endings as, quite simply, the cessation of events whereas emotion achieves its end by being felt or translated in empathetic terms and in ways that endure beyond the formality of the fictive event that ends the narrative. I will be using Kim Scott's Benang: From the Heart (1999) and Peter Carey's Jack Maggs (1997) to discuss narrative and emotions, or the role of emotion in motivating narrative events and the role of narrative in conveying and stirring emotion in the reader.' (Author's abstract)
On the Genealogy of Democracy : Reading Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America Peter Mathews , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 68-80)
Antipodean Rewritings of Great Expectations : Peter Carey's Jack Maggs (1997) and Lloyd Jones's Mister Pip (2007) Janet Wilson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Shadow of the Precursor 2012; (p. 220-235)
'Counter-discourse theory urges readings of postcolonial fictions that are renarrativisations of canonical texts of empire in terms of their strategies of resistance. Recent novels by Peter Carey and Lloyd Jones amply acknowledge their debt to their precursor, Charles Dickens Great Expectations, but this chapter argues that the contestatory imperial relationship is overlaid with the equally compelling theme of postcolonial home and belonging. Carey exploits the oppositional "writing back" paradigm; Jones, by contrast, makes veneration of the Dickensian text central to his plot. Both, however, can also be described as diasporic novels in their preoccupation with the colony as home, as their colonial protagonists, after a fraught encounter with their Victorian heritage in the metropolitan centre of London, find their destiny/destination in the "return." Although this diasporic reading reiterates the familiar binaries of metropolitan centre and colonial periphery, it repositions the filial relationship as one of postcolonial habitation and settlement.' (220)
Untitled Melissa Bellanta , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , April no. 14 2003;

— Review of Jack Maggs Peter Carey 1997 single work novel ; The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith Peter Carey 1994 single work novel ; Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey 1988 single work novel ; Illywhacker Peter Carey 1985 single work novel ; The Tax Inspector Peter Carey 1991 single work novel ; Collected Stories Peter Carey 1994 selected work short story
Second Look Peter Craven , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 September 2004; (p. 23)

— Review of Jack Maggs Peter Carey 1997 single work novel
Untitled Bharat Tandon , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die 2006; (p. 860)

— Review of Jack Maggs Peter Carey 1997 single work novel
Carey Lives Up to Great Expectations Lucy Frost , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 August 1997; (p. 7)

— Review of Jack Maggs Peter Carey 1997 single work novel
Comeuppance from Down Under in Dickens of a Book Erica Wagner , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Times , 18 September 1997; (p. 43)

— Review of Jack Maggs Peter Carey 1997 single work novel
Peter Carey's Jack Maggs and the Trauma of Convictisn Elizabeth Francesca Ho , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 17 no. 2 2003; (p. 124-132)
Writing Nineteenth-Century Fiction in the Twentieth Century Robert Sirabian , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association 2002; (p. 53-60)
Rewriting the Empire of the Imagination: The Post-Imperial Gothic K. J. Renk , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 39 no. 2 2004; (p. 61-71)
Renk's thesis is that Carey and Byatt 'parody the style and conventions of Victorian literature, as they also critique and satirize the Imperial Gothic novel.' She argues that 'while the Imperial Gothic novel reveals the anxieties of ebbing Empire, the Post-Imperial Gothic novel [of Carey and Byatt] exposes how Victorian writers plundered the minds of the marinalized to create art p.62).
Concealed Meaning in Peter Carey's Jack Maggs Trevor Byrne , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 1-2 1995; (p. 106-115)
Byrne discusses Carey's novel as being essentially an exploration of the process of fictional writing, inviting the reader to think about what underlies the process of selectivity involved in creating stories.
A Ghost Story in Two Parts : Charles Dickens, Peter Carey, and Avenging Phantoms Alice Brittan , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 21 no. 4 2004; (p. 40-55)

Awards

1998 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
1998 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South-East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book from the Region Award
1998 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize Overall Best Book Award
1997 winner The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction Prize
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