|Nights at the Circus
||[Apr. 24th, 2008|04:35 pm]
the Angela Carter Community
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.