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Writing the biography of a cyber criminal who released a virus into Australia's prison system and allowed hundreds of asylum seekers and prisoners to escape, left-wing journalist Felix Moore struggles to convey the hacker's intentions as a political protest against Australia's relationship with the United States. Includes reading-group guide.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385352772
Branch Call Number: FIC CAREY, PETER
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 25 cm


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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.

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.

Mar 21, 2015

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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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