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.

Oscar and Lucinda / starring Cate Blanchett Ralph Fiennes / based on the novel by Peter Carey

Gillian Armstrong's 1997 film version of Oscar and Lucinda

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The Glass Church. Image from Gillian Armstrong's 1997 film version of Oscar and Lucinda.

Oscar and Lucinda | Folio Illustrated Book by Katherine Streeter

Oscar and Lucinda | Folio Illustrated Book by Katherine Streeter

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him through a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England. Lucinda is a teen-aged Australian heiress. My rating 7/10. Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxG8kX0yUpc

Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

Oscar and Lucinda Poster

Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

Oscar and Lucinda

Oscar Hopkins is an Oxford seminarian with a passion for gambling. Lucinda Leplastrier is a Sydney heiress with a fascination for glass. The year is When they meet on the boat to Australia their lives will be forever changed.

Oscar and Lucinda:  Compelling romance, epic tale of misadventure, cutting parable of cultural imperialism, Peter Carey’s Oscar & Lucinda is overwhelmingly a story of all-consuming passions. It was the first of Careys two Booker Prize-winning novels.

Oscar and Lucinda: Compelling romance, epic tale of misadventure, cutting parable of cultural imperialism, Peter Carey’s Oscar & Lucinda is overwhelmingly a story of all-consuming passions. It was the first of Careys two Booker Prize-winning novels.

Peter Carey “Oscar and Lucinda”

Carey, Peter “Oscar and Lucinda” - 1988 Interesting story, set in one of my favourite centuries, the told in a vivid yet pleasant.

Oscar and Lucinda (1997) Cate Blanchett

Oscar and Lucinda

Cate Blanchett - "Oscar and Lucinda" - Costume designer : Janet Patterson

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey • Designed by Jenny Grigg for University of Queensland Press • As part of the Peter Carey Series (series of eight gatefold covers) • 2001

Book cover design by Jenny Grigg Peter Carey Series 2001 Series of eight gatefold covers University of Queensland Press

Illustration from The Folio Society's edition of  "Oscar & Lucinda," Peter Carey's passionately romantic tale of misadventure. The Folio Society has a large catalog of beautiful, and pricey, special editions of classic books.

Illustration from The Folio Society's edition of "Oscar & Lucinda," Peter Carey's passionately romantic tale of misadventure. The Folio Society has a large catalog of beautiful, and pricey, special editions of classic books.

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

Recommended by the boyf as a brilliant read. (He's a bit of a literary egg head, who reads all the time - instead of watching TV even).

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