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Ver van huis (2017)

door Peter Carey

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"The two-time Booker Prize-winning author now gives us a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country-continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000 mile race, the Redex Trial. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in south eastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed school teacher who calls the turns and creeks crossings on a map that will remove them, without warning, from the white Australia they all know so well. This is a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, and then takes you some place else. It is often funny, more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s, this a world every American will recognize: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way. A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece"--… (meer)
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This book comes from a land where the (then) Minister Of Tourism on being asked about Aboriginal sacred sites replied "An Abo just has to piss in a hole in the ground for it to become a sacred site".

If people say that White America still has to come to terms with its history of slavery, then someone needs to tell the Aussies that they were not there first and in spite of their fences they still do not own that land.

This is the country where you could shoot (read murder) Aborigines with impunity up to 1926. Honestly, read about the plight of the Aborigines in Australia and you would just weep and weep.

The really weird thing though is that when you go to Oz you see Aboriginal art featured in post offices, banks, malls, everywhere, but you wont see any Abos themselves, at least not in any city centres that I have visited. I was once fishing on a jetty in the wop-wops with two white guys who were friendly and chatty. I mentioned Abos and one said, "mate, an Abo just has to hold his bloody hand out and the government gives them money, those buggers get millions." And so on....

Anyway, if you have spent any time in Oz you know that racism or failed genocide is alive and well over there and that is one very real context for this book.

The other is Oz itself, a (white) country that appeared from nowhere to be a vibrant, go ahead place that produces fearless people who will have a go at anything. These are the people that built this place by hand. As Bill Bryson says, in a country "where everything wants to kill you". These are the characters in this book. Pioneering, flawed and not backward looking.

So the story is read by first person accounts, alternating between the various characters. I liked both Mrs Bobbs and Willie Bachhuber, the main ones really. I liked their respective energies. Mrs Bobbs for her outgoing get up and go and Willie for his reclusive demeanour which hides a healthy appetite for women, just not always the right ones.

No spoilers in my reviews but if you read the blurb it says that they embark on the Redex trial which is what you'd call a cross country rally, but back in the 50s. It is on this rally that everything unfolds in completely unexpected ways.

I loved reading this book, I liked the 50s atmosphere he created and inhabited. I heard that this was released into the US and I wondered if they had "translated" it as they do with so many other good books? To me, this book is quintessentially Australian and firmly rooted in Oz culture and history and I wonder how it would travel?

A look through other eyes indeed.

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  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
There are at least 2 books nestled here, perhaps even 3. In the first book, Irene Bobs meets her husband Titch, they attempt to set up a Ford and then a Holden dealership in the rural Victorian town of Bacchus Marsh and to escape the baleful influence of Titch's father "Dangerous Dan" Bobs, a character based at least partially on Carey's own aviator grandfather and partially on "Gelignite" Jack Murray.

In the second, they partner with their neighbour Willem Bachuber, the schoolteacher son of a Lutheran pastor, running away from his own past, and compete in the 1954 Redex Trial, a real "reliability test" putting automobiles through their paces on a 10,000 km round Australia rally, through dangerous and primitive road conditions, mainly in the outback of Northern Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia

In the third, Bachuber finds himself on a pastoral station in the north of Western Australia, trying to absorb a completely different concept of place and country as understood by the local Aboriginal population.

The story is primarily told in the strong and unique voices of Irene Bobs and Willem Bachuber; and as the story progresses Bobs' voice fades and Bachuber's becomes more dominant. So what is this all about? Don't believe the blurb about this being a rollicking story of a car race. It is... but its so much more than that. In many ways you could argue that the Redex trial is just a narrative device, albeit an entertaining one, to get Bachuber from Bacchus Marsh to the Kimberley.

Readers who have been slightly underwhelmed by some of Carey's recent work - such as His Illegal Self, Amnesia or The Chemistry of Tears (which I know I've read but can't remember a thing about) - will immediately feel he's back on familiar ground; he recreates the voices and mores of 1950s Australia perfectly. But yet its how he brings 1950s Aboriginal Australia to life that feels deft and sure.

Carey has mentioned that he needed to find a way to talk about Aboriginal experience in Australia, and that the Redex trials of the 1950s gave him that entry point. You can see why; the basic premise of the Redex, that outback Australia needs to be mapped, tamed and conquered, is in complete contrast to how the Aboriginal population perceive and experience country. Ultimately its these contrasts that Carey wants to bring to life; and alongside it, the sheer invisibility, to southern Australians, of Aboriginals and the casual racism that leads to their destruction of their systems, values and ways of life, not least the horrors of kids being removed from their parents, leading to what is known in Australia as "The Stolen Generation".

So this both an entertaining and a powerful book. Minus half a star because I am not sure about the resolution, but still very highly recommended ( )
  Opinionated | Dec 27, 2019 |
A Long Way From Home is a long and bumpy ride courtesy of the Redex Race in Australia all the while exploring the tensions of Australia's racial tension between the white people and the aborigines. We get a taste of the traumatic history surrounding the Aboriginal people when Mrs. Bob's happens upon a mass gravesite and finds a child's skull, and when William Bauchuber is abducted happenstance-ly while navigating for Mr. and Mrs. Bobs, all from Baccus Marsh, while running the Redex Race. He is deposited on a ranch that needs a school teacher and interestingly finds out about his own life to boot.

The book is filled with broadly unique, quirky characters that sometimes while reading the book I wanted more about one or more of the characters for more pages in the chapter, instead of jumping around chapter to chapter trying to figure out within the first few sentences who the story for that chapter is about, which is like trying to spin your tires out of the mud. I would've loved a little more from Mrs. Bob's history before Mr. Bob's comes into the picture.

Mrs. Bobs is a strong, spirited woman who wished she was my next door neighbor. The adventures we could have would be always fun.

I truly enjoyed the story and it's humorist take on road races. I learned a lot about Australia's countryside and cities I had never heard of until this book. This story by Peter Carey which he has written like a love story to his country was lyrically told until the last few chapters where the story
seemed to stall like a car when the radiator overheats and then sputters dead in the desert.
I give this book 3.5 instead of 4 only because I took a half point off for the ending.

You can pre-order this book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble or do as I do and buy from an Indie Bookstore.

I appreciate having the chance to read this before it was published. I know I will be reading more from Mr. Carey. Thanks Penguin Books and First to Read for the opportunity to read, A Long Way From Home in lieu of my honest review. ( )
  SandraBrower | Oct 27, 2019 |
This was a nicely written, if a bit choppy sat times, tale of family, ethnicity, and overcoming hardship. A married couple, along with their neighbor, attempt a car race known as the Red-Ex. Traveling the circumference of Australia brings the unexpected, dangerous terrain, and a myriad of obstacles, all of which comprise a metaphor for life struggles. Not my favorite from Peter Carey. ( )
  hemlokgang | Jul 27, 2019 |
A long Way From Home encompasses, as did the Redex Trial that runs through the book, all of Australia as it was in the 50's. Harsh, unforgiving, with a horrendous past still not properly acknowledged to this day.
Carey brilliantly captures the tone and speech patterns of the Australia in the 1950's.
There are so many themes Carey covers that listing them would only provide a glimpse of how powerful this novel is. ( )
  Robert3167 | Jan 1, 2019 |
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In reconstructing the race politics on which this nation is founded, Carey has created an important novel and a compelling read. The question that remains unanswered, however, is: is this his story to tell?
 

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"The two-time Booker Prize-winning author now gives us a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country-continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000 mile race, the Redex Trial. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in south eastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed school teacher who calls the turns and creeks crossings on a map that will remove them, without warning, from the white Australia they all know so well. This is a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, and then takes you some place else. It is often funny, more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s, this a world every American will recognize: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way. A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece"--

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