Parrot & Olivier in America, by Peter Carey

I suspect this was a good book with “good writing” and “character development” and “exploration of early democracy compared to monarchistic Europe.” I know this book was a slog. A long, drawn-out slog that I cared nothing about. If you want to read a book by Carey, I highly recommend The True History of the Kelly Gang. It involves the same great immersion into the time, the voice and the characters but is actually readable and enjoyable.