Amnesia

Amnesia

Book - 2015
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"From the two-time Booker Prize winner: a masterful, exceedingly timely new novel--at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny--that takes us on a journey to the place where the cyber underworld of radicals and hackers collides with international power politics. When an internet virus throws open the gates at thousands of American prisons, the hacker turns out to be an unlikely young Australian woman. Has she declared cyber war on the United States or was her "Angel Worm" intended only to free the victims of Australia's immigration policies? Is she innocent? Can she be saved? The answers are up to law-suit-magnet journalist Felix Moore, a.k.a. Felix Moore-or-less-correct. His career is tanking when he gets this chance to write a biography that will vindicate the young woman. Funding is to be provided by an old friend--an outrageous millionaire property developer--and further impetus by an old flame: the young woman's actress mother whom Felix worshiped when they were at university together. And it will be our great good fortune to see the world through Felix's comic, cowardly, angry, yet fundamentally humane eyes as he attempts to save the young woman--and redeem himself in the bargain"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385352772
0385352778
Branch Call Number: F CAREY-P
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 25 cm

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gloryb
Sep 20, 2015

I chose this novel from the "New Books" in the library mainly because the author was a Booker prize winner. The opening paragraphs promised a good read about cyber crime, but at p. 139 out of 307 pages, I was wondering what happened to this promised plot. The author seemed to think it was necessary to give a lot of background information on his characters' family tree which seemed interwoven with political events in 1972 in Australia. While I was amazed at how thoroughly Carey gives flesh and blood to his fictionalized characters, I admit I was disappointed that it took so long into the story to see any connection to the opening paragraphs. So on that basis, I couldn't recommend this book as a thriller, as claimed on the flyleaf. It is not a page turner.

a book to appeal to Australian Men I assume. Pointless violence and misogyny. Almost no plot and boring self centred character. I could not finish it.

Jun 08, 2015

I really miss the Peter Carey who wrote *Oscar and Lucinda*, *The True History...*, *Jack Maggs*. I keep hoping for another book like those, but this isn't it.

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Blue_18
Apr 19, 2015

OK. I wade through a hundred pages of Felix Moore, the failed journalist and his failed life, then he sits down and writes the story. Now I'm into it. We're moving. Things are happening. It's all coming together and that damn Felix Moore inserts himself back into the story. Man, he's a drag.

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csut2
Mar 21, 2015

see wsj Jan 9, 2015

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Urbano
Feb 02, 2015

Peter Carey is always a hit and miss author for me. I love his vivid, muscular prose and the way he brings a setting to life but sometimes have trouble engaging with his characters and plots. This proved true for Amnesia as well. While Felix, the beaten down journalist and Gaby,the cyberpunk activist, were intermittently intriguing, the plot was noir-ishly murky and ultimately not as interesting as the blurb seemed to promise.

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