Illywhacker is a book written by Peter Carey. The Australian writer published the book in 1985. Published by the UQP in Australia originally, this novel gained much critical acclaim and praise. It was then published in the USA by Harper and Rows and in the UK by Faber and Faber. The novel is narrated by Herbert Badgery who is indeed the Illywhacker and he talks about his life in the Australia of 1919 to 1980s. In the end, download Illywhacker Pdf free.
The novel tells the events of that time as narrated by Herbert. The narrations also contain stories of people he meets and how his life changes with the times changing and the current circumstances. In 1919, Herbert lands a plane into the farm of a rich man, Jack whom he convinces to open an airplane factory. They become friends and Herbert also develops a relationship with Jack’s daughter.
Jack commits suicide due to some argument between an investor and Herbert. Later, Herbert marries Jack’s daughter and has two kids. However, she leaves him after learning how to fly his plane and goes to live with her ex-lover Janette who was also her teacher once. The rest of the story narrates incidents from Herbert’s life and that of his children.
The book was much appreciated by the readers due to its amazing content, it received many awards. A New York Time reviewed the book as,” a big, garrulous, funny novel, touching, farcical and passionately bad-tempered… Not unlike spending a week in the company of the best kind of Australian.”
a big, garrulous, funny novel, touching, farcical and passionately bad-tempered… Not unlike spending a week in the company of the best kind of Australian.”
It is a must-read book for anyone who wants to learn about the lives of different people during that time in Australia.