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Nights at the Circus [Apr. 24th, 2008|04:35 pm]
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I recently read Nights at the Circus for the first time, and I have to admit I didn't like it as much as The Magic Toyshop or The Bloody Chamber. I was first introduced to Angela Carter by watching the movie A Company of Wolves. I then read The Bloody Chamber, which I loved. I love fairy tale retellings, in general, but hers especially captivated me. Most older folk tales/fairy tales can be pretty gory or sexual in nature, so her stories felt a bit old and rural, which was fun.

I also liked The Magic Toyshop and really felt like I had entered another mode of existence. Some kind of dreamlike place mixed with the less pretty parts of real life. Nights at the Circus gave me a somewhat similar impression, but it really didn't draw me in quite the way The Magic Toyshop did. I still liked it, but I was ready for the book to conclude. Though the ending really baffles me, and I don't know what to make of it.

[User Picture]From: friend_of_tofu
2008-04-25 09:41 am (UTC)
Have you tried 'Wise Children'?
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[User Picture]From: unico_love
2008-04-25 03:50 pm (UTC)
No, but that's on my amazon wishlist!:)
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[User Picture]From: dothestrand
2008-04-25 05:38 pm (UTC)
Nights at the Circus was actually the first Angela Carter novel I ever read, and it's still my favourite. Closely followed by Wise Children and The Passion of New Eve.

Technically, The Company of Wolves was also my first inroduction to Angela Carter, too. I've watched it too many times. :P
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[User Picture]From: scarlet1983
2008-04-27 08:42 pm (UTC)
I thought The Magic Toyshop was more realistic and more accessible than Nights at the Circus. All that messing with time and identity was confusing sometimes. I can't remember how it ended, but I do remember I didn't like the ending.
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[User Picture]From: wytchcroft
2008-07-26 06:21 pm (UTC)
Nights at the Circus is probably my favourite Carter novel.
My poor copy has been loved to death!
BUT - i also think A.C. was a greater short story writer than anything else.
The Bloody Chamber is - bloody brilliant.
I suggest you get the complete short stories.
It's not as pricey as you might imagine - and you won't need anything else.

(except 'the sadean woman' maybe...)
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[User Picture]From: unico_love
2008-07-26 06:52 pm (UTC)
I have The Complete Short Stories on my amazon wishlist:)
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[User Picture]From: wytchcroft
2008-07-27 07:27 pm (UTC)
hope you manage to get it - you won't be disappointed:)
bloody chamber may be the best but every collection is impressive in some way.
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