The first paragraph of Illywhacker, by Peter Carey

My name is Herbert Badgery.  I am a hundred and thirty-nine years old and something of a celebrity.  They come and look at me and wonder how I do it.  There are weeks when I wonder the same, whole stretches of terrible time.  It is hard to believe you can feel so bad and still not die.

Matt Emerton told me to read this, and, as is so often the case, his advice was good.

3 thoughts on “The first paragraph of Illywhacker, by Peter Carey

  1. Gunnar says:

    I love that book. There’s an amazing paragraph later on what a bird captured by Herbert’s son feels in a crowded schoolroom. If you want more Carey after this then “Bliss” is also quite good.

  2. […] A book recommended. […]

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