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The Fat Man in History If there s one thing I think goes against postmodernist writers, it might be that they are sometimes too clever for their own good, creating dense stories full of pointless cerebration, without taking the most important factor into consideration, the reader Thankfully for me breezing through Peter Carey for the first time I found he didn t suffer from this problem The stories that make up this collection were both stimulating and entertaining, without being pompous or impenetrable Carey mixes science fiction, surrealism, naturalism and capitalism to great effect, along with the title story, another two I found really good were War Crimes and Puzzling Nature of Blue , examining human nature from different angles, he never loses sight of the characters humanity, something that is widely done in fiction Not all stories grabbed me however, two or A flippant cruelty animates these clumsily sketched cartoons. Review by Helen HagemannThe Fat Man in History, first published in 1974 by UQP, is a collection of twelve short stories and the least well known of Carey s work The stories contain many aspects of Australian life, its landscape and people The title story, The Fat Man in History, is about a group of rather large men who live in a share house, yet they are the Fat Men Against the Revolution fat now being synonymous with reactionary Peeling depicts the relationship of an older man imposing his sexual impulses on his upstairs neighbour, an abortionist and collector of dolls Peeling is a simulacrum of peeling an onion where the man strips down her body to reveal one of her bare, white painted dolls American Dreams has a simple premise of a man building a wall around his property It is also a satirical look at how townsfolk dream their American dreams They watch American films at the Roxy, and dream, if not of America, then at least of becoming wealthy, owning modern houses, and big motor cars Their hometown, it seems, is the least of th The entirety of these stories is wonderful, but the most affecting by far is The Chance The story involves Paul, who in his current incarnation, resembles a street fighter, and Carla, one of the extremely beautiful Hups, who have vowed to endure the Lottery so as to truly embody the proletariat by being one of them Paul does not want Carla to undergo this change however, she cannot be swayed from fulfilling this desire The reader is treated to a tearful love story until we come to 17 In the dark, in the night, something woke me My tongue furry, my eyes like gravel, my head still dulled from the dope and drink, half conscious I half saw the woman sitting in the chair by the bed A fat woman weeping I watched her like television A blue glow from the neon lights in the street showed the coarse, folded surface of her face, her poor lank greying hair, deep creases in her arms and fingers like the folds in babies skin, and the great drapery of chin and neck was reminiscent of drought resistant cattle from India It was not a fair time, not a fair test I am better than that It was the wrong time Undru A brilliant collection of short stories The Chance Set in a futuristic society, where people gamble for new bodies in a genetic lottery was creepy yet beautifully written with stark description and a sense of this could really happen The namesake story The Fat Man in History is about a group of fatties Now ostracised by society w The first five stories resonate the most, but there are many in this collection that will stay with me Such is their conceptual ingenuity and, hey, the execution isn t half bad either Carey knows how to wring weight and implication out of the barest of sentences While some of the themes border on the surreal side, most of these stories are propelled by pure universal human drama.The standouts for me were Do you love me , The Chance and the title story, Exotic Pleasures These three, I feel, represented a perfect marriage of high end spec fiction concepts and nuanced, true to life relationships The Last Days of a Famous Mime and Peeling were taut and suggested a philosophical leaning lacking in the others, while War Crimes and The Fat Men in History were perfect bookends, representing similar, yet contrasting ends of the same spectrum A Windmill in the West was the only real letdown It wore out its premise early and degenerated into a frustrating dirge though, to be fair to the damn thing, that was in part the point.I I d forgotten how deeply alienating Carey s early work was Bracing reading in our current times. A stimulating and brilliantly imaginative collection of mostly dystopian tales, often with strange premises and or gnarly plot twists In addition to dystopian overtones, various tales address body image, pro or anti Americanism, capitalism versus communism or at least their byproducts , solitude, mental health, suicide, murder, guilt, revolutionary ideals, addiction, pleasure, fame, and much Carey s style seems to involve using characters as thought experiments, and the results are frequently enlightening, challenging, darkly comedic, or disturbing 4.5 Stars Below are some blurbs about most of the stories in the book, as I found most of them enjoyable If you want to go in totally surprised, don t read them 1 The Fat Man in History Finch is fat and living with other fat men in a co housing unit, in an anti American, post revolutionary, Marxist world, where o Vaak Krijgt Een Bepaalde Bevolkingsgroep Joden, Kleurlingen, Allochtonen De Schuld Van Alles Wat Er Mis Is In De Maatschappij Volgens Deze Volstrekt Arbitraire Methode Zou Deze Keuze Evengoed Op Dikke Mensen Kunnen Vallen Dus Waarom Zou Er Niet Ooit Een Revolutionaire Groepering De Macht Grijpen En Vervolgens Beweren Dat We In Een Aards Paradijs Zouden Leven Als Er Maar Geen Dikke Mensen Meer Bestonden In Het Titelverhaal Van Deze Bundel Beschrijft Peter Carey Wat Er Gebeurt Als Een Groep Dikke Mensen In Deze Situatie Probeert Een Contrarevolutie Op Touw Te Zetten De Verhalen Van Carey Zijn Allegorie N Waarin, Als In Een Droom, Iets Vreemd En Dreigends Op Volstrekt Verklaarbare Wijze De Macht Heeft Overgenomen.In De Verhalen Worden Ogenschijnlijk Bizarre Voorvallen Door Carey Zo Overtuigend Beschreven Dat Ze Op De Alledaagse Werkelijkheid Lijken.

About the Author: Peter Carey

See this thread for information.Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943 He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived In 1961 he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware of He was nineteen For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends, working in many advertising agencies in Melbourne, London and Sydney After four novels had been written and rejected The Fat Man in History a short story collection was published in 1974 This slim book made him an overnight success From 1976 Carey worked one week a month for Grey Advertising, then, in 1981 he established a small business where his generous partner required him to work only two afternoons a week Thus between 1976 and 1990, he was able to pursue literature obsessively It was during this period that he wrote War Crimes, Bliss, Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda Illywhacker was short listed for the Booker Prize Oscar and Lucinda won it Uncomfortable with this success he began work on The Tax Inspector In 1990 he moved to New York where he completed The Tax Inspector He taught at NYU one night a week Later he would have similar jobs at Princeton, The New School and Barnard College During these years he wrote The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Jack Maggs, and True History of the Kelly Gang for which he won his second Booker Prize He collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders In 2003 he joined Hunter College as the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing In the years since he has written My Life as a Fake, Theft, His Illegal Self and Parrot and Oliver in America shortlisted for 2010 Man Booker Prize.

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