The Fat Man in History

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See this thread for information.Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943 He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived In 1961 he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware of He was nineteen For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends, working in many advertising agencies in Melbourne, London and Sydney After four novels had been written and rejected The Fat Man in History a short story collection was published in 1974 This slim book made him an overnight success From 1976 Carey worked one week a month for Grey Advertising, then, in 1981 he established a small business where his generous partner required him to work only two afternoons a week Thus between 1976 and 1990, he was able to pursue literature obsessively It was during this period that he wrote War Crimes, Bliss, Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda Illywhacker was short listed for the Booker Prize Oscar and Lucinda won it Uncomfortable with this success he began work on The Tax Inspector In 1990 he moved to New York where he completed The Tax Inspector He taught at NYU one night a week Later he would have similar jobs at Princeton, The New School and Barnard College During these years he wrote The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Jack Maggs, and True History of the Kelly Gang for which he won his second Booker Prize He collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders In 2003 he joined Hunter College as the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing In the years since he has written My Life as a Fake, Theft, His Illegal Self and Parrot and Oliver in America shortlisted for 2010 Man Booker Prize.

[Reading] ➶ The Fat Man in History ➽ Peter Carey –
  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • The Fat Man in History
  • Peter Carey
  • Dutch
  • 06 December 2019
  • 9789029508599

10 thoughts on “The Fat Man in History

  1. says:

    As IfMany of the reviews of this fantastic collection of short stories mention the following comment by Peter Carey The trouble with academics is that they try too hard to understand these stories They should relax The stories are only about what they seem to be about They are, if you like, a collection of what if stories I took a dozen or so hypotheses and asked what would happen if Try as I did to avoid citing this comment, it sums up the appeal of the collection perfectly.I love the expression what if , not to mention the German phrase, als ob.I even started to mark every time I saw the word if in the book, to see what I might discover.Yet, the I contemplated Carey s comment, the I appreciated how glib and potentially self deprecating it is, in an almost typically Australian way.When anybody sits down and wonders whether and what if, they are effectively utilizing their imagination.So Carey was really just explaining the creative process in the simplest possible language he could conceive.His comment and his approach are at once both simple and profound.The Sweetest ManoeuvresThe closest literary analogies I can think of are Italo Calvino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Heinrich B ll and Franz Kafka.Peter Carey s fiction was first published by University of Queensland Press This was a happy coincidence for me, because it was based in my home city of Brisbane, even though I went to University in Canberra The Publication Manager at UQP at the time, Craig Munro, was of particular interest to me, because he had written a biography of the politician P.R Inky Stephenson, and my nickname since primary school had been Inky. Peter Carey s first work was somehow recognizable as Australia or parts of the world that Australians might visit Yet, it was somehow also otherworldly like Mad Max This world was a product of the imagination Isolated, insulated from the rest of the world, like the rest of us, Carey created a vivid world of his own.It was like an adolescent virgin male dreaming of what sex might be like Your visions are almost better than the real thing He is on top of her and she, giggling and groaning, manoeuvres sweetly below him, reciting nursery rhymes with her arse Unravelled Dreams and ShadowsAt the same time, as with your first sexual experience or first venture into the world, there was a real risk that it might all come undone Even asleep, the narrator s head is filled with unraveled dreams In the story Peeling , the male protagonist undresses a woman in his bedroom, until she is wearing nothing but an earring She pleads with him to leave it in place, but he is compelled to use force It is not, it would appear, an earring at all, but a zip or catch of some sort As I pull, her face, then her breasts, peel away Horrified, I continue to pull, unable to stop, until I have stripped her of this unexpected layer There are layers to come, but you will have to discover them yourself A Shadow of Your Future SelfJust as there are layers, there are boundaries, some self imposed Daphne was not a beautiful girl, although she had a striking body with very long legs and big tits which she displayed to their most incredible advantage during this summer she moved in with Eddie, and Eddie was frightened, flattered, and almost in love with her He felt like a man who s bought a racing car he s too frightened to drive fast Equally, we are plagued by our shadows shadows are merely mirrors to the soul, and the man who stares into a shadow box sees only himself, and what beauty he finds there is his own beauty, and what despair he experiences is born of the poverty of the spirit Of Beauties and Mysteries One Can Only ImagineThis is the world within which Carey works Only, he proceeds to manufacture one shadow, the shadow cast by his own creativity elusive, unsatisfactory, hinting at greater beauties and profound mysteries that exist somewhere before the beginning and somewhere after the end For an Australian, these beauties and mysteries might also exist somewhere other, somewhere exotic, than Australia.When it was first published, this collection captivated me, as did, in a lesser way, the follow up, War Crimes I never really warmed to Carey s first novel, Bliss , or his subsequent novels I never really gave them a chance though I was too enthralled by my first love.I have to remedy this myopia I have to make room for new loves.

  2. says:

    If there s one thing I think goes against postmodernist writers, it might be that they are sometimes too clever for their own good, creating dense stories full of pointless cerebration, without taking the most important factor into consideration, the reader Thankfully for me breezing through Peter Carey for the first time I found he didn t suffer from this problem The stories that make up this collection were both stimulating and entertaining, without being pompous or impenetrable Carey mixes science fiction, surrealism, naturalism and capitalism to great effect, along with the title story, another two I found really good were War Crimes and Puzzling Nature of Blue , examining human nature from different angles, he never loses sight of the characters humanity, something that is widely done in fiction Not all stories grabbed me however, two or three I didn t particularly like, but most range from being good to very good, I wouldn t say any of the stories reach masterpiece status though Was expected something much weird and obscure, but overall I was surprised at just how accessible they were I applause his splendid writing here, but will definitely need to read one of his novels before heaping too much praise on him.

  3. says:

    Review by Helen HagemannThe Fat Man in History, first published in 1974 by UQP, is a collection of twelve short stories and the least well known of Carey s work The stories contain many aspects of Australian life, its landscape and people The title story, The Fat Man in History, is about a group of rather large men who live in a share house, yet they are the Fat Men Against the Revolution fat now being synonymous with reactionary Peeling depicts the relationship of an older man imposing his sexual impulses on his upstairs neighbour, an abortionist and collector of dolls Peeling is a simulacrum of peeling an onion where the man strips down her body to reveal one of her bare, white painted dolls American Dreams has a simple premise of a man building a wall around his property It is also a satirical look at how townsfolk dream their American dreams They watch American films at the Roxy, and dream, if not of America, then at least of becoming wealthy, owning modern houses, and big motor cars Their hometown, it seems, is the least of their concern when it comes to their aspirations On another level, however, the stories in this volume remain simply fantastical tales of seemingly foreign worlds and unlikely situations ten years after its publication Carey said of the collection, The trouble with academics is that they try too hard to understand these stories They should relax The stories are only about what they seem to be about They are, if you like, a collection of what if stories I took a dozen or so hypotheses and asked what would happen if Peter Carey was born in 1943 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria where his parents ran a car dealership He worked in advertising and wrote fiction in his spare time Four of his novels were rejected before his short story collection, The Fat Man In History, was published which made him an overnight success.He has won the Booker Prize twice, his first in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda, the second time in 2001 with The True History of the Kelly Gang Carey has won the Miles Franklin Award three times and his latest books are Parrot and Olivier in America 2010 The Chemistry of Tears 2012 Married for the third time, Carey has two sons and lives in New York.I have read his novels including Bliss, The Tax Inspector, Oscar Lucinda and Jack Maggs, however I think his collection The Fat Man in History was a superior read, a great page turner and probably because of all the stories quirky premise, believe it was way ahead of its time.Helen Hagemann 2012

  4. says:

    The entirety of these stories is wonderful, but the most affecting by far is The Chance The story involves Paul, who in his current incarnation, resembles a street fighter, and Carla, one of the extremely beautiful Hups, who have vowed to endure the Lottery so as to truly embody the proletariat by being one of them Paul does not want Carla to undergo this change however, she cannot be swayed from fulfilling this desire The reader is treated to a tearful love story until we come to 17 In the dark, in the night, something woke me My tongue furry, my eyes like gravel, my head still dulled from the dope and drink, half conscious I half saw the woman sitting in the chair by the bed A fat woman weeping I watched her like television A blue glow from the neon lights in the street showed the coarse, folded surface of her face, her poor lank greying hair, deep creases in her arms and fingers like the folds in babies skin, and the great drapery of chin and neck was reminiscent of drought resistant cattle from India It was not a fair time, not a fair test I am better than that It was the wrong time Undrugged, ungrogged, I would have done better It is unreasonable that such a test should come in such a way But in the deep grey selfish folds of my mean little brain I decided that I had not woken up, that I would not wake up I groaned, feigning sleep and turned over Carla stayed by my bed till morning, weeping softly while I lay with my eyes closed, sometimes sleeping, and sometimes listening In the full light of morning she was gone and had, with bitter reproach, left behind merely one thing a pair of her large grey knickers, wet with the juices of her unacceptable desire I placed them in the rubbish bin and went out to buy beer It in this section that Carey demonstrates his true talent The remonstration of the knickers Carla left for Paul wet with the juices of her unacceptable desires is perfect, full of scornful anger and rebuke Carey follows this story with The Puzzling Nature of Blue, a complete contrast to the rejection of the no longer beautiful woman Carey obviously understands feminist theory quite well, for in The Puzzling Nature of Blue, there is also a couple, the wife initially hating the husband, and then accepting him, a reception so complete that the story ends with her taking her husband s penis in her mouth, despite the fact that the entirety of his body is now blue I realize that all of the stories in this collection are a railing against American colonialism in the 1970s, but I did not perform a metaphorical analysis The literal textual analysis of these two stories was shattering enough For fun Find all the mentions of blue Thank you, Michelle, for always finding wonderful reading material for me in the darkest of times.

  5. says:

    A flippant cruelty animates these clumsily sketched cartoons.

  6. says:

    The first five stories resonate the most, but there are many in this collection that will stay with me Such is their conceptual ingenuity and, hey, the execution isn t half bad either Carey knows how to wring weight and implication out of the barest of sentences While some of the themes border on the surreal side, most of these stories are propelled by pure universal human drama.The standouts for me were Do you love me , The Chance and the title story, Exotic Pleasures These three, I feel, represented a perfect marriage of high end spec fiction concepts and nuanced, true to life relationships The Last Days of a Famous Mime and Peeling were taut and suggested a philosophical leaning lacking in the others, while War Crimes and The Fat Men in History were perfect bookends, representing similar, yet contrasting ends of the same spectrum A Windmill in the West was the only real letdown It wore out its premise early and degenerated into a frustrating dirge though, to be fair to the damn thing, that was in part the point.I recently read Ian McEwan s First Love, Last Rites , a collection that shares a lot of similarities with this one To Carey s credit, I actually got a lot from this While the prose styles and concepts are similar, the stories here are deeper, convincing, and are intellectually nourishing than a lot of McEwan s gimmicky early stuff tended to be.The only detractor and I have this a lot with short story collections is the lack of cohesion There doesn t seem to be any grand intent Exotic Pleasures is a hodgepodge collection of quality work With some focusing on character and some on concept, the end impression comes off a little scattered.

  7. says:

    A brilliant collection of short stories The Chance Set in a futuristic society, where people gamble for new bodies in a genetic lottery was creepy yet beautifully written with stark description and a sense of this could really happen The namesake story The Fat Man in History is about a group of fatties Now ostracised by society where being fat is no longer acceptable and is seen as a sign of greed Follow the character of Alexander Finch, gross and obese, as he walks out of a department store with bed sheets he has stole, as well as with several cans of smoked oysters that fill the pockets of his floppy trousers, he reflects that since the revolution, to be fat is to be an opressor.This collection of stories certainly gives you food for thought I really loved this.

  8. says:

    I d forgotten how deeply alienating Carey s early work was Bracing reading in our current times.

  9. says:

    A stimulating and brilliantly imaginative collection of mostly dystopian tales, often with strange premises and or gnarly plot twists In addition to dystopian overtones, various tales address body image, pro or anti Americanism, capitalism versus communism or at least their byproducts , solitude, mental health, suicide, murder, guilt, revolutionary ideals, addiction, pleasure, fame, and much Carey s style seems to involve using characters as thought experiments, and the results are frequently enlightening, challenging, darkly comedic, or disturbing 4.5 Stars Below are some blurbs about most of the stories in the book, as I found most of them enjoyable If you want to go in totally surprised, don t read them 1 The Fat Man in History Finch is fat and living with other fat men in a co housing unit, in an anti American, post revolutionary, Marxist world, where obesity is counter revolutionary Finch survives in part by stealing, and in part through the procurements of the house s thin hating leader, Fantoni a The twist view spoiler Nancy, a young, attractive woman known as Florence Nightingale , collects rent from the men for the party and flirts with Finch and most of the others She is also a Marxist scientist conducting a live experiment with the household, having someone rise up to become Fantoni , then having them overthrown by another man through guile influence sex lust etc to investigate revolutionary struggles and cycles Messed up hide spoiler

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