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From Granny Catchprice, who runs her family business — and her family — with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives to sixteen-year-old Benny, who dreams of transforming a failing automobile franchise into an empire — and himself into an angel — the Catchprices may be the most spectacularly contentious family since Dostoevsky's Karamozovs. But when a beautifulFrom Granny Catchprice, who runs her family business — and her family — with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives to sixteen-year-old Benny, who dreams of transforming a failing automobile franchise into an empire — and himself into an angel — the Catchprices may be the most spectacularly contentious family since Dostoevsky's Karamozovs. But when a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office enters their lives, the resulting collision becomes, in Carey's hands, masterpiece of coal-black humour and compassionate horror....

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  • Tony
    2019-04-09 21:03

    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 caricature form.Still, it's Carey, so the book is undeniably readable, plot-driven. And when you see a few pages of solid dialogue coming up, you can be sure to be in for a treat. As when one self-deprecating character admits, "I ain't no oil painting."You could do worse.

  • Henry
    2019-04-09 03:04

    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.

  • David
    2019-04-07 20:12

    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 scrutiny, but which is made palatable by* the author's natural gift for storytelling (excellent pacing and tight construction) and* writing that is polished and highly readableThere are worse formulas, and so far I've not read anything by Carey that's been a complete dud. "The Tax Inspector" falls in the middle of the pack - an enjoyable read, but not his best, in my opinion. Aspects that I thought didn't work all that well included:MINOR SPOILER ALERT (though if you haven't figured out by page 20 that this story is going to end with a bang, you're not paying attention)# Things were just a little too gothic - the rampant dysfunction within the Catchprice family, ranging from the gelignite-toting grandma to the psychopathic 16-year old, Benny, (whose initial meltdown precipitates the havoc that unfolds as the story progresses), is just a little too over the top to carry much of an emotional charge# Why does the deep dark family secret always have to be incest propagated across the generations? # Practically the first thing we're told about Granny Catchprice is that she carries a stick of gelignite in her handbag at all times. Which means, by a simple application of Chekhov's law of the loaded gun, that we know how things will turn out. So where was the suspense?# The whole Sarkis story arc seemed entirely tangential and added little to the overall development# For that matter, the tax inspector character was dull, and the integration of her story (such as it was) with that of the crazy Catchprice clan was kind of clumsyThese criticisms are actually pretty minor. Because, as in his other books, Carey's gift for telling a good yarn, his ability to pull the reader into the eccentric milieu of his characters and make us care about those characters (even the weird ones) more than compensate for minor structural weaknesses. So that this was a very enjoyable read. While I don't think it qualifies for a fourth star, it does make me want to keep reading his stuff.Have I mentioned that Peter Carey has a wicked sense of humor?

  • John Kenny
    2019-03-31 01:11

    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 flashbacks to her childhood and early adulthood and the original dream she had for the business are worthy of a novel in their own right. Her son, Mort, who manages the repair end of things, is one of the most repellent characters I’ve come across in a long while and yet Carey doesn’t resort to any of the obvious clichés in letting us know what he is really like. Her daughter, Cathy, does run the family business, along with her husband, but dreams of extracting herself to pursue her career as a Country and Western singer. Granny Catchprice’s grandson, Benny, who is continually passed over for promotion and actually fired by Cathy at the beginning of the book, simply won’t stay fired and secretly wants to become an angel. Benny becomes obsessed with Maria despite a big age difference, and Maria is drawn to Mort’s charismatic brother, Jack, who has pursued a career as a property developer and returns to Catchprice Motors to stave off the imminent disaster of her discovery of long standing tax evasion. As several of the characters become increasingly unstable and things spiral out of control, the story becomes one of lost dreams and the awfulness of being trapped in the stifling confines of other people’s failed dreams. I read recently that Carey’s family ran a car dealership when he was a child and I wonder how much of this novel is based on actual experience. I hope it’s very little; the Catchprice family is one of the strangest dysfunctional groups of people you’re likely to encounter in literature.

  • Leigh Haber
    2019-03-30 03:18

    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 generations, although the Carey book takes place on an auto dealership in a town in Australia. I found it to be nearly great---it goes a little over the top at the end, almost descending into horror film territory. Still, there is a lot of greatness in it, and made me feel Peter Carey should be ranked way up there among contemporary writers

  • Andrea DeAngelis
    2019-04-19 04:04

    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 successfully losing his mind and becoming an angel of lust instead.I think it is the strangest Peter Carey novel I've read yet. I expected so little of what happened. It's like a cult film I'll never get out of my head.

  • Sandy
    2019-04-17 04:18

    so far so good

  • Sinéad Morgan
    2019-04-10 02:03

    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 do with tax evasion when she becomes embroiled in the sordid Catchprice family legacy of sexual violence. Dixon’s criticism of Carey’s novel as an effective outer suburban allegory rests upon his assessment of the novel as flawed in its employment of sexual transgressions as a mode of representation of broader issues of social decline. Certain forms of sexual abuse, such as incest are often conceptualized as a pathology and as such, Carey’s project pathologizes outer suburbia. In two almost identically worded moments in the novel, Granny Catchprice rehearses a narrative about her daughter, Cathy Catchprice’s early childhood musical affinities. The first of these moments occurs almost directly after the disturbing seduction scene between Benny and his father, who started molesting Benny when he was a toddler with the result that as a sixteen-year-old, Benny comes to symbolise the corruption of outer suburbia, a product of an ill-defined social decline. Almost seventy pages later, the passage is repeated with minor variations, following Granny Catchprice’s reflection that: [She] had made her life, invented it. When it was not what she wanted, she changed it. In Dorrigo, she called them maggots and walked away. She had gelignite in her handbag and Cacka was nervous, stumbling, too shy to even touch her breasts with his chest (228).Then comes the revelation that precipitates Granny Catchprice’s decision to finally put her hoard of gelignite to use; not only did her husband molest Benny but also Cathy, who implicates her in this transgression as having sat by knitting. The repetition of these two passages perhaps indicates them as a narrative Granny Catchprice rehearses as a form of selective amnesia of trauma. Indeed, if outer suburbia is represented as a pathological physical and psychological landscape in the Carey’s novel, then Granny Catchprice’s excision and elimination of Catchprice Motors at the conclusion of the novel fit the framework of this metaphor. While Dixon’s specific criticism of the novel is that it fails to diagnose the structural corruption that the private narrative of sexual transgressions the Catchprice family represents, there is perhaps an answer for this in the final lines of the second repeated passage, after Cathy confronts her mother about her childhood sexual abuse at the hands of their father:She had the gelignite in her handbag when she met him. She had it in the butcher’s. The detonators clinking around her neck. She had it there from the beginning (233). These lines and Granny Catchprice’s ultimate facial maiming after she sets off the gelignite to destroy Catchprice Motors imply perhaps that the root of the diseased landscape that is outer Australian suburbia lies within the older post-war generation and their values and ideals. The final solution according to Granny Catchprice is excision and removal, a clearin of the landscape just as she blasted tree stumps from earth decades earlier to establish a clean slate of land for her flower farm.

  • Mitchell
    2019-04-04 02:04

    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 Catchprice family and their failing auto dealership in the outer suburbs of Sydney in the early 1990s.It’s tempting to say that Peter Carey is a hit or miss author depending on whether he’s writing historical fiction or not; I loved Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang, all of which are historical novels, but didn’t like Bliss and was indifferent to The Tax Inspector. But I feel like that must be a coincidence, because there’s something lacking from the writing which has nothing to do with the era in which it’s set. The Tax Inspector rambles along a series of unlikely events and unbelievable characters in the same way that an early Michael Chabon or Jonathon Lethem novel might, and no single passage of prose holds the same sticking power as Ned Kelly and his changeling host in True History of the Kelly Gang, or the Aboriginal tribe discovering and keeping Lucinda’s shards of glass in the aftermath of a massacre in Oscar and Lucinda. It doesn’t feel like it amounts to something worthwhile in the same way that even one of his middling novels like Jack Maggs does.The Tax Inspector is not a bad novel but not a great one either. If I didn’t know any better – if you gave me his books and asked me to arrange them in chronological order – I’d say The Tax Inspector feels much more like a sophomore novel Carey might have written after Bliss, rather than a follow-up to the literary powerhouses that actually precede it.

  • Annette
    2019-03-26 23:24

    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 Catchprice dealership to audit their books, the story snakes and evolves at a cracking pace. From the psychotic Benny to the country and western singing Cathy, to the crazed gelignite-toting grandmother Frieda, the characters belong to one of the most dysfunctional families ever. Sad, funny, horrifying - and with topics such as incest and paedophilia rearing their ugly heads and demanding attention - this is a confronting novel. But wow, totally enthralling.I was beside myself towards the end - couldn't stand the tension. And I'm not sure about the conclusion. Did it blow or didn't it? I'm hoping it didn't but Peter Carey leaves us to decide that.This was my first Carey novel but certainly won't be my last.

  • Jim
    2019-04-07 20:23

    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 really get *into* this offering.Superficially, it's easy reading & funny that's true, but there's a character-empathy vacuum at the core of this story which, for me, spoils the otherwise lucid prose.The Booker winner of 1988 with "Oscar & Lucinda" (which I enjoyed thoroughly) remains for me the best of Carey's work to date.

  • Andy Todd
    2019-04-24 02:13

    Using bizarre characters and situations to give a wry comic view of human life.

  • Calzean
    2019-03-31 21:56

    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.

  • Martin
    2019-04-05 00:57

    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.

  • Timothy Munro
    2019-04-15 20:02

    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...

  • Josie
    2019-04-12 20:11

    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 abuse...sometimes you just like to ignore that fact, though.

  • Casey
    2019-04-25 04:10

    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.

  • Carl Bennett
    2019-04-12 00:01

    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.

  • Penelope
    2019-03-26 03:10

    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.

  • Sarah Gregory
    2019-04-23 21:17

    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.

  • Alex Sarll
    2019-04-05 23:14

    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.

  • Ian
    2019-03-29 22:21

    you watched the new woman in black?i havent seen a good film in ages...I 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

  • Angela
    2019-04-18 23:09

    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.

  • Celine
    2019-04-21 00:15

    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.

  • Leah Cripps
    2019-04-04 19:56

    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.

  • Sarah Gunn
    2019-04-14 22:19

    Slightly obtuse but highly fascinating.

  • Marge
    2019-03-27 21:24

    What you always get with Carey is magnetic characters drumming with vitality.

  • Kris
    2019-04-21 22:23

    shocking but gripping

  • Todd Strasser
    2019-04-24 20:01

    A wonderful, funny, quirky book that should not be forgotten.

  • Keith
    2019-04-13 01:14

    Peter Carey is one of my favorite authors, but this isn't his best.