Oscar And Lucinda 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.