Apr 08, 2020
30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account
Posted by Peter Carey Colin Dickerman

Peter Carey captures our imagination with a brilliant and unexpected portrait of Sydney.Bloomsbury is pleased to announce the second title in the phenomenally well received Writer in the City series in which some of the world s finest novelists reveal the secrets of the city they know best In the midst of the 2000 Olympic games, Australia native Peter Carey returns to SydPeter Carey captures our imagination with a brilliant and unexpected portrait of Sydney.Bloomsbury is pleased to announce the second title in the phenomenally well received Writer in the City series in which some of the world s finest novelists reveal the secrets of the city they know best In the midst of the 2000 Olympic games, Australia native Peter Carey returns to Sydney after a seventeen year absence Examining the urban landscape as both a tourist and a prodigal son, Carey structures his account around the four elements Earth, Air, Fire, and Water insisting on the primacy of nature to this unique Australian cityscape.As his quixotic account unfolds, Carey looks both inward into his past as well as Sydney s own violent history and outward onto the city s familiar landmarks and surroundings the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Blue Mountains achieving just the right alchemy of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water to tell Sydney s extraordinary story.

  • Title: 30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account
  • Author: Peter Carey Colin Dickerman
  • ISBN: 9781582341668
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Days in Sydney A Wildly Distorted Account Peter Carey captures our imagination with a brilliant and unexpected portrait of Sydney Bloomsbury is pleased to announce the second title in the phenomenally well received Writer in the City series i


    This is not a review, it s a response, I guess.Almost all the characters are men The one woman, Vicki, shows up near the end, driving a tow truck Clara, a semi ex wife, is just a voice on the phone.The friends of Peter Carey who populate this book are mostly left leaning professionals, mostly doing well, but there s a crack in each one s foundation I like the geology in the book Some of the cracks have become major destabilizing fissures and others are just little hairlines.The elements Earth, A [...]


    Peter Carey s 30 Days In Sydney claims to present a wildly distorted account of a writer s return to a city he knows well After ten years in New York, the author spends a month in the city he left behind and he records the experience It s not at all distorted, except interestingly via an essential personal perspective It s than a travelogue, less than a memoir, certainly not a guidebook The form is intriguing It could pass as a commonplace book, the merely fleshed out notes of an individual s v [...]

    Cailean McBride

    Structure is a regular bugbear when it comes to writing and a key area where many a writer can fall down But the criticism is usually that there is not enough attention being paid to structure, that the result is undisciplined and not cohesive enough This book, it seems to me, suffers from the unusual foible of having too much structure.As someone who lived in Sydney a few years back actually at roughly the time Carey is writing about here I very much wanted to enjoy this book But while it cont [...]


    This was a short but great read Best if you ve been there, I think, but would probably be great even if you haven t Carey tells the story of the city through his mates, keeping things nice and local Do yourself a favor and dedicate a few hours to discovering Peter Carey s Sydney Now he s got to do one about Melbourne


    Peter Carey was born in country Victoria and raised in Melbourne, but it s clear from many of his novels that his heart truly belongs to Sydney even though, as he explains in the opening to this book, I did not come to live in Sydney until I was almost forty and even then I carried in my baggage a typical Melbournian sic distrust of that vulgar crooked convict town The fact that he misspells Melburnian is perhaps the best proof that he is a proper Sydneysider Carey ultimately settled in New York [...]

    Magdalene Lim

    There are books you can t stop reading, books you have to force yourself to pause at certain moments to highlight portions you want to remember and also books that you highlight so you don t fall asleep and manage to keep going Yes, like a textbook This is one of those Apart from the somewhat interesting bits of history which I don t know how true they are , the book is pretty much a journal of Carey s travels in Sydney I was not interested in his weird dreams nor his sailing adventures but what [...]


    Peter Carey plays with the line between fiction and nonfiction once again the subtitle of his memoire a wildly distorted account , and the results are delicious Even if you ve never been to Australia, I think you ll love these archetypal characters If you have had the luck it is the lucky country of living there, then you ll delight at the depictions of Aussie culture and history, I reckon.

    Preedee H

    It s too personal an account that I cannot finish the book Maybe I ll come back and read it again when I know of Sydney But where to start


    There is a genuine warmth that comes off the page, really bringing you into the centre and soul of Carey s journey He s almost like a restrained Iain Sinclair transported down under This is a biography travel book, but it s also filled with history, philosophy and politics He traces the origins of the city from way back in 1788 with the early white settlers, talking of the Eora tribe who inhabited the area before the white men came, telling of midden heaps, lime and convict clay Middens so great [...]


    I keep seeing reviews from people who criticise this book because its not a travel guide What Of course it s not a travel guide Try Lonely Planet or DK 30 Days in Sydney is like a novel, and it doesn t treat Sydney as a clear cut destination or locality, but rather as a phenomenon, informing the authors dreams, feelings and friendships When people read it with that in mind, it becomes less inexplicable, and you can read it with a open mind You can forgive people for thinking it might be like [...]

    Phillip Ramm

    Peter Carey returns Sydney to collect stories from his friends which he hopes will explain the city through the four elements He lives in New York It doesn t always go as planned, yet we still get enticing insights into the Sydney that was, and how it grew from near disastrous and shocking beginnings into the dazzling yet frustrating metropolis of toady 2000, just after the Olympic Games in the book s case He explains his reluctance to cross the Harbour Bridge, talks about books, relevant histor [...]

    John Naylor

    A thought struck me as I started to write this review Wouldn t the title of this seem a lot different if it was a video and not a book I digress in the way the author does a lot in the book.What the book does is to give a possibly true history of Sydney different to any other that is likely to be written From its origins to recent history told by those there to witness it Funny in places but morose in others It provides an interesting snapshot The style of writing is occasionally hard to follow [...]


    A really amazing portrait of Sydney, particularly the soul of the city,


    Too distorted for me to follow.

    Christine Curtis

    A bit of well written fluff A sorbet between courses Readable and potentially of interest due to my familiarity with many of the settings.

    Andy Smith

    Quaint is about the only way to describe this It s of an essay than a book, a longish essay about nothing in particular, or maybe Sydney The town History People Boats Fires Crooks Whatever It s a pointless and meandering but pleasant and mildly entertaining bunch of anecdotes and second hand memories At first I thought this was a filler Something penned by a decent author in a moment of despair A displaced author, run home with tail between legs, deserted by their creativity and in a dire momen [...]


    Beauty is elusive and Sydney Harbour is no different It s a beautiful but hard thing to see The shoreline holds secrets in its sandstone folds add to this a layer of suburban ugliness and the result is beauty that s only ever glimpsed Always there but always just beyond the grasp of the viewer It keeps you craning your neck to see it.You have to resign yourself to never fully know a place like this.In 30 Days in Sydney Peter Carey captures this elusive feeling and is successful in presenting the [...]


    If I were not in love with an Australian from Sydney, this book would have felt thin to me But I am in love with an Australian who is in love with Sydney who delights in returning to his home city Carey, an expat living in New York, at the outset waxes rhapsodic about the City in much the same way Mark does when anticipating a trip home or when he has just touched down at the airport It makes a person feel great to be near that kind of happiness until the initial veneer wears off and Mark, as Ca [...]


    Hmm What an odd book It gets two stars from me, mostly due to the fact that I m Australian and found the interspersed snippets of our history interesting sadly very little Australian history was taught when I was at school, and even that was almost entirely post 1788 history The rest was a bit too misogynistic, boys club for me it s mentioned at some point in the book that he clearly has no interest in hearing stories from women Old dude goes back to Australia to collect stories from other old d [...]

    Laura Rittenhouse

    I don t know why I didn t connect with this book Perhaps I was expecting it to be something it wasn t It wasn t full of humour and jokes about one of the most beautiful cities in the world Nor did it evoke images of a place I live and people I know Mr Carey s Sydney is very different than mine harsher, extreme It s full of different people wilder, quirky I knew the places and events he writes about but never had that, oh yes kind of thing you normally expect when you re reading about somethin [...]

    Kuang Ting

    Honestly speaking, it s not a great book to read.I am in Sydney for postgraduate study, and I want to read a few books about this city.In the past two months, I have explored this city in detail.Hence, it s interesting to read stories in this beautiful city.I will go to the point now.The structure is messy I have not read a book in this kind of chaos for a long time.The book consists of stories from author s old mates.Writer paid no attention to make the words easy to read Like, Murmuring bla bl [...]

    João Roque

    Este livro est inclu do numa excelente pequena colec o da ASA, denominada O Escritor e a Cidade , e era o nico que me faltava ler Em pequenos volumes alguns escritores de renome escrevem livros sobre uma cidade a que est o ligados por qualquer raz o assim foram retratadas al m de Sidney, Nova York, Rio de Janeiro, Floren a, Paris e Praga.O autor de 30 dias em Sidney Peter Carey, escritor australiano residente actualmente nos EUA e que visita a cidade de Sidney durante um m s, e a encontra velhos [...]

    Henrique Vogado

    Grande livro Uma boa surpresa O Peter Carey surpreendeu me na forma como fala sobre Sidney, da hist ria e de alguns dos seus habitantes Fiquei a conhecer um pouco da cidade, como se organiza e a explica o para o car cter dos Australianos.As est rias dos seus amigos s o muito boas e entusiasmam Nota se ali uma grande amizade entre velhos companheiros de aventuras.Tive ainda o percal o de algumas p ginas do livro aparecerem em branco, mas um e mail para a Editora Leya resolveu a quest o e enviaram [...]

    Molly Miltenberger

    Peter Carey is a remarkably talented writer He begins the book as he arrives in Sydney after an absence of some years and for a while you, the reader, are completely lost as he reconnects old ties Constantly he is swapping voices to tell the story of a city from the different characters, to show the characteristics of the place It is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I feel like if I went to Sydney, I would recognize it from his description Its a part of The Writer and The City series I think they [...]


    This was an odd little book It started beautifully, went off track and then came back with a coherent story While it was a book about the city I ve lived in all my life, it described a very different city to the one I know Carey s Sydney is about the water and the land on its edge My Sydney is about the kilometers of suburbs and people who rarely make it to the beach, except on special occasions.Nevertheless it was an interesting read if only to see my hometown is a brand new light, and to be re [...]


    I read this book over a period of four months It s short, so it really shouldn t have taken me that long I have an excuse I d only read it on the train going to work, and then only when the conditions were right It s a book that needs to take you to where it s talking about and Peter Carey s writing, however simple it may seem at first glance, deserves thought The tales of Sydney from Carey and his groups of friends are personal and intelligent and the writing makes you care, even if the world C [...]


    Sydney, and Australia even, have not been high on my hit list of must see places Till now Now Peter Carey s made me want to go This is a thoroughly idiosyncratic take on the city You won t read about its monuments or its foodie credentials But you will have a take on its history and how it came from being home to the aboriginal people to a convict settlement, to a busy and often beautiful city on a stunning coastline This via a series of escapades and conversations with groups of old friends the [...]

    Ruby Noise

    After finishing Caitlin Moran s How to be a Woman then grabbing this one, seems I have gone from feminine to profoundly masculine in one mere grab Peter Carey writes about his town of choice Sydney and the relationship he has with it His friends are all men and he chooses to tell the story of the city through his friendship with them I found this book to be incredibly masculine in the way it was written and the tales it tells Sydney too is one of my favourite cities and it at least explained som [...]

    Carol Harrison

    This is a nice little pocket sized book about Sydney, Australia Apart from that, I don t find much to recommend it It s a bit like eavesdropping on a series of conversations, although that could be interesting The author apparently doesn t believe in quotation marks, and since pretty much the whole book is made up of people talking to each other, it can be very confusing and frustrating to figure out who said what, or if the narrator is just describing something The book is nice to look at and [...]


    Nearly gave it four stars so perhaps 3 and a half Particularly good if you are Australian and live in Sydney, can relate to or interested in either Makes connections between Australian history, pre Capt Cook and now through the collection of stories from individual friends and aquaintances of the author Well written, easy to read In chapters so can put down then pick up FInished it quickly.

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