- By Peter Carey

The Tax Inspector

  • Title: The Tax Inspector
  • Author: Peter Carey
  • ISBN: 9780679735984
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Tax Inspector Granny Catchprice runs her family business and her family with senility cunning and a handbag full of explosives Her daughter Cathy would rather be singing Country Western than selling cars while B

    Granny Catchprice runs her family business and her family with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives Her daughter Cathy would rather be singing Country Western than selling cars, while Benny Catchprice, sixteen and seriously psychopathic, wants to transform a failing auto franchise into an empire and himself into an angel Out of the confrontation beGranny Catchprice runs her family business and her family with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives Her daughter Cathy would rather be singing Country Western than selling cars, while Benny Catchprice, sixteen and seriously psychopathic, wants to transform a failing auto franchise into an empire and himself into an angel Out of the confrontation between the Catchprices and their unwitting nemesis, a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office, Peter Carey, author of Oscar and Lucinda, creates an endlessly surprising and fearfully convincing novel.

    1 thought on “The Tax Inspector

    1. Readers talk about Peter Carey's Hits and Misses. For me, his 'historical' novels, like Jack Maggs and The True History of the Kelly Gang are the home runs. The more contemporary he gets, in characters and themes, the less jaw-dropping he becomes. That was true, certainly, with the forgettable His Illegal Self and it's true here with The Tax Inspector, an earlier work. When one of the main characters is Johnny-turned-Vish, a Hare Krishna, the reader can be certain he is treading into the caricat [...]

    2. The first Peter Carey novel i have read and i really enjoyed it. He creates memorable, believable almost unforgettable characters with immense skill an so you end up forgiving him the over the top aspects as it all seems so believable. But at the end i did think, so what was the point in that and wasnt it a bit desperate in the use of sexual trauma for drama but he seemed to have a lot of fun writing it and i had a lot of fun reading it.

    3. This story, published in 1993, has many of the features that seem to be characteristic of Carey's novels:* gothic family drama played out by eccentric, larger-than-life (yet oddly appealing) characters * dark simmering family secrets ( nearly everyone is haunted by ghosts from the past) * sporadic alcohol or rage-fueled acts of extreme violence* at least one character (generally male) who is completely batshit crazy* a wildly original plot, whose plausibility doesn't hold up under careful scruti [...]

    4. The Tax Collector by Peter Carey tells the story of a young heavily pregnant Tax Inspector called Maria Takis tasked with conducting an audit of Catchprice Motors in the small backwater of Franklin on the outskirts of Sydney in the State of New South Wales, Australia. That may sound boring, but it’s the Catchprice family that are the real stars in this ever so slightly bizarre novel. Granny Catchprice, who believes she still runs the company, is wonderfully realised as a character, and the fla [...]

    5. This book was a totally pleasant surprise. I was in Panama, on a way out in the middle of nowhere island, and this book had been left behind by someone. I'd never before read anything by Peter Carey, so decided to try it. I had just finished rereading Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison, and didn't think anything so soon after would satisfy me. But this book had some of the same characteristics and qualities of the Morrison novel, in that it was the story of a family scarred by history and past ge [...]

    6. I'm not sure how Carey does it but he manages to tie in a flailing, failing car dealership, ne'er do well aspiring country western musicans getting their final break, the eldery matriach losing her mind and control over her children and their brood resorting to explosives to regain her power, a Hare Krishna grandson who keeps on becoming re-attached to his "attachments", a 8 month pregnant tax inspector conducting an audit on this outrageous family and the youngest of the Catchprice brood who is [...]

    7. A recurring trope in writing Australian suburbia is escape and transcendence of suburbia or outer suburban Franklin in Peter Carey’s novel The Tax Inspector from and of suburbia as the site of physical and psychological abjection. Robert Dixon feels that Carey’s outer suburban allegory misses the mark in its conflation of systemic corruption with private transgressions (45). Maria’s the Tax Inspector’s investigation of Catchprice Motors reveals more private transgressions than those to d [...]

    8. Peter Carey is one of those authors whose personal life seeps into their writing in interesting, identifiable ways. His years working for an advertising agency and then living on a hippie commune in Queensland are very evident in Bliss, and the fact that his parents owned a car dealership in a small town can be seen in Illywhacker, where Herbert Badgery spends much of his time in the 1920s selling Fords to farmers. It’s even more relevant in The Tax Inspector, which revolves around the Catchpr [...]

    9. The Tax Inspector was an unexpected delight. I knew nothing about the book, other than that it was written by Peter Carey and was set in Australia.I was captivated from start to finish. The Catchprice family with their dark secrets and hopeless aspirations, were endlessly fascinating. Other players became embroiled in the Catchprice chaos, and the story just picked up pace. Set over a period of 4 days from when the beautiful and heavily pregnant tax inspector, Maria, lands on the doorstep of the [...]

    10. Blurb . . .The audit of Catchprice Motors looks like the least challenging asignment of the Tax Inspector's life, but she finds the Catchprice family have dangerous dreams the Tax Office were not previously aware of.The Tax Inspector is a dark and brilliant achievement that is illuminated with a rare humour and compassion. Set in 1990's Sydney, it is a work of astonishing originality by a master of the contemporary novel.end BlurbA 'master of the contemporary novel' Carey may be, but I couldn't [...]

    11. A story of a dysfunctional family, touched by a family history of abuse, and what makes them even sadder is they run a car sales business that is broke and has been avoiding tax. A very pregnant tax officer, who hates the wealthy who don't pay tax (she is my hero), and hates the direction her life is taking, comes into the car yard on a planned audit.The story starts off light heartedly but has a very dark edge, showing a part of Australian life that is real for many.Recommended reading.

    12. I first read this about eighteen years ago and enjoyed it enough to keep it to read again. Having just read it for the second time, I don't know why I bothered - I didn't enjoy it at all. There's barely a story and the style of writing is very fragmented and confuse.I won't keep it for a third read.

    13. Just loved reading this book. Carey's narrative voice is pitch-dark, wickedly funny and, on a sentence to sentence level, a joy to behold. A novel dense with slightly cartoonish, strange, but somehow believable characters, and a plot with many twists and turns and themes that it shouldn't work, but just does

    14. Carey always impresses me as a talented storyteller, able to assume many different voices. This book was no different, but too depressing for my current frame of mind. Of course we all know that the very poor exist in a world of drudgery and abusemetimes you just like to ignore that fact, though.

    15. I can't help it I love Peter Carey's work. I did not feel drawn to any character in this book and in fact felt icky about almost everything. Peter Carey has such a gift for making magic with a story. His ability to turn a phrase into something delicious is extrodinary. It seems I could read and enjoy almost any subject he would write about.

    16. I gave up on this. Really don't rate it much at all. You can learn too much about bankrupt garages in the outback, honestly. And Quite hard to bother to remember who is who, never a good sign. I got about 1/3 of the way through and then thought - if it wasn't Peter Carey I wouldn't have bought this. I feel quite short-changed now that I have.

    17. I fell in love with Carey when i read this book. It's set in Australia, with scrappy characters and a very dark plot. IT's been several years since I read this but there's murder and mayhem driven by black comedy.

    18. Still not really sure what this book was about. The characters are interesting enough, but they move in strange and mysterious ways and it's unclear why anything is happening. The ending is a little ridiculous.

    19. I can't deny that Carey knows how to turn a phrase - but while I certainly didn't dislike this fevered blend of warped sexuality, magical thinking and explosives among the declining working class on Sydney's scrappy outskirts, nor do I find it likely that I'll be reading any more of his work.

    20. you watched the new woman in black?i havent seen a good film in agesI said hi to ZI think I saw Sarh the other day who used to work with you?i didnt realise sheen mount was a primary, thats cool

    21. i enjoyed reading this, though it's not the type of story i normally enjoy. the characters are great, but i got emotionally involved and just got really stressed about it. toward the end i just wanted everything to end.

    22. I love peter Carey's writing and in every book I find needle sharp observations of human nature, this one included, however I found the plot and characters a bit unbelievable and almost stereotypical in this book. disappointed.

    23. Parts of this book were a solid 5 stars but the chaotic ending just didn't tie up all the loose ends satisfactorily. I think Carey had too many characters and side stories and wasn't able to mesh them together in the end. This could have been so much better.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *