In the A-Z this year, I've been featuring books from my "to read" list on GoodReads which I really want to read. Sometimes it's been hard to pick just one, and in hindsight I could've done honourable mentions, but oh well, moving on! Today we're posting for the letter "O", and the book I've chosen is...
Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey
Peter Carey's Booker Prize winning novel imagines Australia's youth, before its dynamic passions became dangerous habits. It is also a startling and unusual love story. Oscar is a young English clergyman who has broken with his past and developed a disturbing talent for gambling. A country girl of singular ambition, Lucinda moves to Sydney, driven by dreams of self-reliance and the building of an industrial Utopia. Together this unlikely pair create and are created by the spectacle of mid-nineteenth century Australia. Peter Carey's visionary brilliance, and his capacity to delight and surprise, propel this story to its stunning conclusion.
Why do I want to read it? Another classic, this time Australian, and one I've heard about for years but have never read (or seen, that I can recall).