By Peter Carey
“This is a fabulously idiosyncratic small masterpiece ... it’s so solid it takes your breath away.”—Times (UK)
After residing overseas for years, novelist Peter Carey returns domestic to Sydney and makes an attempt to catch its personality. looking the aid of his previous associates, Carey is quickly drawn into their unusual, anarchic worlds, each orbiting where he has come again to work out. the result's a wild and lovely trip of discovery and rediscovery as bracing because the southerly bluster that typically batters Sydney’s seashores. well-known attractions comparable to Bondi seashore, the Opera condo, the Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains all tackle a wierd new depth whilst uncovered to the penetrating gaze of the writer and his friends.
30 Days in Sydney deals the reader a fascinating glimpse at the back of the facades and the Venetian blinds of the city.
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30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account by Peter Carey