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The two-time Booker Prize winner now gives us an exceedingly timely, exhilarating novel--at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny--that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics .

When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia's prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the Americans run the prisons (let's be honest: as they do in so many parts of her country) the doors of some five thousand jails in the United States also open. Is this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war? And does it have anything to do with the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane between American and Australian forces in 1942? Or with the CIA-influenced coup in Australia in 1975? Felix Moore, known to himself as "our sole remaining left-wing journalist," is determined to write Gaby's biography in order to find the answers--to save her, his own career, and, perhaps, his country. But how to get Gaby--on the run, scared, confused, and angry--to cooperate?

Bringing together the world of hackers and radicals with the "special relationship" between the United States and Australia, and Australia and the CIA, Amnesia is a novel that speaks powerfully about the often hidden past--but most urgently about the more and more hidden present.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Random House Inc 2015
ISBN: 9780385352789
Characteristics: 1 online resource (288 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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Sep 20, 2015

I chose this novel from the "New Books" in the library mainly because the author was a Booker prize winner. The opening paragraphs promised a good read about cyber crime, but at p. 139 out of 307 pages, I was wondering what happened to this promised plot. The author seemed to think it was necessary to give a lot of background information on his characters' family tree which seemed interwoven with political events in 1972 in Australia. While I was amazed at how thoroughly Carey gives flesh and blood to his fictionalized characters, I admit I was disappointed that it took so long into the story to see any connection to the opening paragraphs. So on that basis, I couldn't recommend this book as a thriller, as claimed on the flyleaf. It is not a page turner.

a book to appeal to Australian Men I assume. Pointless violence and misogyny. Almost no plot and boring self centred character. I could not finish it.

Jun 08, 2015

I really miss the Peter Carey who wrote *Oscar and Lucinda*, *The True History...*, *Jack Maggs*. I keep hoping for another book like those, but this isn't it.

Apr 19, 2015

OK. I wade through a hundred pages of Felix Moore, the failed journalist and his failed life, then he sits down and writes the story. Now I'm into it. We're moving. Things are happening. It's all coming together and that damn Felix Moore inserts himself back into the story. Man, he's a drag.

Mar 21, 2015

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Feb 02, 2015

Peter Carey is always a hit and miss author for me. I love his vivid, muscular prose and the way he brings a setting to life but sometimes have trouble engaging with his characters and plots. This proved true for Amnesia as well. While Felix, the beaten down journalist and Gaby,the cyberpunk activist, were intermittently intriguing, the plot was noir-ishly murky and ultimately not as interesting as the blurb seemed to promise.


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