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[Mar. 21st, 2007|06:32 pm]
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[dothestrand]
Hello, I'm fifteen years old, and I've just started reading Angela Carter. I first saw The Company of Wolves a couple of years ago, and I was interested in reading the short story. I found Nights at the Circus in my school library about a month ago and I loved it. I'm currently reading The Bloody Chamber, which I'm enjoying so far. I was wondering if anyone could possibly recommend me which of Carter's novels I should try next...I know there are several in my school library, but I can't decide which one to read next.
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[User Picture]From: janigrey
2007-03-21 07:50 pm (UTC)
Saints and Strangers. If they have it - its my favorite collection
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[User Picture]From: dothestrand
2007-03-21 08:07 pm (UTC)
I don't think they have either Saints and Strangers or Love in my school library, but I'll have a look in the local library to see have they have any copies. Thank you for the recommendations!
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[User Picture]From: isthmus_nekoi
2007-03-21 08:20 pm (UTC)
I find most people prefer Carter's short stories to her novels. She has two other short story collections - Fireworks and Black Venus, both of which are a pleasure to read.
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[User Picture]From: dfordoom
2007-03-21 09:59 pm (UTC)
My favourite of her novels has always been The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffmann, but it's so fabulous you might want to save it up! It's one of her totally outrageous magic realism fantasy science fiction type novels, much more outrageous than Nights at the Circus. Or if you want to start with one of her more conventional novels, and then work up to the more bizarre stuff, then The Magic Toyshop is excellent. There's still strangeness, but it's a more subtle strangeness.

If you can't get hold of a copy of The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffmann, I'd recommend The Passion of New Eve as another of her genre-bending novels of the fantastic.
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[User Picture]From: yuxonomei
2007-03-21 10:29 pm (UTC)
I second the comment about working your way to the cracktastic novels by starting with The Magic Toyshop and Several Perceptions. Those two are my particular favourites, followed by Nights at the Circus and Love.
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[User Picture]From: mistressboy
2007-03-22 06:33 pm (UTC)
Wise Children! That was the first Carter novel I read and it's by far my favourite, although Nights At The Circus is close.

Anyway, Wise Children is her last novel and it's just fab - the Shakespearian references, the theatre, the film studios, the sex, the dancing, the singing, the crazy family dramas and the period touches. It's a really warm, wicked, funny book. But still strange in the best Angela Cater way.
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[User Picture]From: thedilettante
2007-03-22 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'd agree, start with The Magic Toyshop and work your way up. Save Wise Children for as long as you can...it's her best.
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[User Picture]From: elegia
2007-03-22 11:42 pm (UTC)
Have you seen these?

http://community.livejournal.com/film_stills/636746.html

The Magic Toyshop & The Passion of New Eve are the only novels of hers I've read, both very different. The first a kind of ethereal/bizarre, sexually saturated story about a young girl growing up in a strange family, & the second a parable of the Adam/Eve myth involving radical feminists, Zero the poet/rapist & a Garbo-esque film star... wry & memorable, but I like them both.

xxx
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[User Picture]From: sphinxvictorian
2007-03-23 02:31 am (UTC)
I must put in another plug for The Magic Toyshop. It is indeed subtly strange, and slightly comic. I also really loved Wise Children, which is a wonderfully whacky and slightly sinister invocation of the life upon the "wicked stage" in England, namely the music hall.
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[User Picture]From: sphinxvictorian
2007-03-23 02:32 am (UTC)
Also, I love your Sebastian and Aloysius icon! I was just a couple of years older than you when I first saw Brideshead. It will always be one of my favorite series and novels.
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[User Picture]From: dothestrand
2007-04-09 01:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks again for all the recommendations - I recently finished The Magic Toyshop and loved it. There's a huge library not too far away which might have a good collection of her novels/short stories which I'm going to visit soon, so hopefully I'll have more to read soon.

And sphinxvictorian - nice to find another Brideshead fan. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-02-03 02:46 pm (UTC)
Hay, i love Angela Carter too.
You should try *The Magic Toyshop* next i think , its a awesome story, full of weirdness and following Carter's usual creepy, challenging style. Im sure you will love it :)
I hope that help.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-10 07:56 am (UTC)

Really liked your post

Hey I really liked your post and I was wondering can you tell me a link or something where I can read the whole story or at least parts from "The Bloody Chamber" because I have to write a criticism on at least one page from the story. I live in Bulgaria and I cannot find the story in English anywhere. It would be very helpful of yours if you can tell some online resources.

Thanks in advance for your responsiveness.

Sophi
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[User Picture]From: dothestrand
2008-05-10 08:51 am (UTC)

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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-10 09:02 am (UTC)

Re: Really liked your post

You saved my butt! Thank you sooo much! You're the best! ;)
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