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Submission of a review does not automatically guarantee your review will be published. Delivery FAQS. Returns Policy. Reviews Terms and Conditions: Writing and submitting a Review: Your review must be in your own words, and no more than 60 words - be concise! There is something exotic about the circus: "At sunset, the incomparably grave and massive light of New England acquires a monumental, a Roman sensuality" that derives from the unfamiliar, "a sense of profound strangeness.

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Soon she is persuaded to buy a ticket to see the tiger, which "walked up and down like Satan walking about the world and it burned The tiger kept its head down; questing hither and thither though in quest of what might not be told. It stopped roaring. Instead it started to emit a rattling purr.


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For surely it cannot be this? This bliss?

Who could forbid such bliss! Was it bliss for her, too? Or was there more of love than pleasure in it? Later on, though, when Annie-Belle discovers she is pregnant, she confesses: "Oh, Johnny, you knowed we did wrong. The unknown continent, the new world, issues forth its banned daemonology The church seems to have disappeared. The director's first wife had also been an actress, the star of Mannheim's "The Fall of the House of Usher", now lost, despite its interest to fans of Edgar Allan Poe. The narrator, enchanted by the actress and her star quality, "assumed the stance of gigolo", in the manner of a private detective who gets too close to his female client.

After three martinis, he acknowledges, "Yes, there was something undeniably erotic about it, although she was as old as the hills I even thought they might have lured me here to murder me, this siren of the cinema and her weird acolyte. Dream, That Uncensorable State The next story pits the liberty of the imagination against the constraints of Puritanism, as personalised by Cotton Mather: "The greatest genius of the Puritans lay in their ability to sniff out a pagan survival in, say, the custom of decorating a house with holly for the festive season; they were the stuff of which social anthropologists would be made!

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And their distaste for the icon of the lovely lady with her bonny babe - Mariolatry, graven images! It was the festivity of it that irked them. Nevertheless, it assuredly is a gross and heathenish practice, to welcome the birth of Our Saviour with feasting, drunkenness, and lewd displays of mumming and masquerading.

We want none of that filth in this new place. No, thank you No; the imagination must obey the rules of actuality. Some of them, anyway. The master of these revels was the Lord of Misrule himself, the clown prince of Old Christmas During the twelve days of Christmas, nothing is forbidden, everything is forgiven The Romans called it Saturnalia, when all was topsy-turvy A merry Christmas is Cotton Mather's worst nightmare.

Now they talk in double entendre, which is a language all of its own and is accented, not with the acute or grave, but with the eyebrows. Double entendre. That is, everyday discourse which has been dipped in the infinite riches of a dirty mind Filthy work, but somebody has to do it Saturnalia, the topsy-turvy time, 'the Liberties of December', when master swapped places with slave and anything could happen I have come back to earth and I feel randy!

The essence of the carnival, the festival, the Feast of Fools, is transience. It is here today and gone tomorrow, a release of tension not a reconstitution of order, a refreshment Things don't change because a girl puts on trousers or a chap slips on a frock, you know. Masters were masters again the day after Saturnalia ended; after the holiday from gender, it was back to the old grind Her work is infinitely superior to the self-conscious pretence of the white male American post-modernists, even if, like Robert Coover, they purported to endorse her.

View all 7 comments. I should have been writing reactions to the stories from the start but I was just enjoying them too much to stop between texts to pontificate. Sadly, this is Carter's last collection, at least partially posthumously edited. Yes, I thought I could tell here and there--a word repetition, maybe a line that could have been cut--despite her rather florid use of language she seldom has a hair out of place, to coin a metaphor. This collection lacks the intertwining of themes and images that makes The I should have been writing reactions to the stories from the start but I was just enjoying them too much to stop between texts to pontificate.


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This collection lacks the intertwining of themes and images that makes The Bloody Chamber so amazing and, I must say, a tad of the raw force of the best stories of Venus. Still, Angela Carter's merely good writing is way ahead of so many writer's best. Anyway, her surreal style, her associative quality, lavish use of language, startling images all float my boat.

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I feel we're kindred spirits as I'm working on a collection of tales right now, many of which stray into similarly abstract and imaginative territory. Imitation, then, is a higher form of praise than Goodreads.

Below are the updates--a few notes on individual stories of the latter half of the collection. Carter's stories grip my psyche so well, already swarming with all of these historical, literary, and cinematic images with which she effortlessly toys, evoking, re-arranging, renewing. I can't get over how similar these tales are to the stories I'm working on now--I'm a decade and a half behind her. A wordy Saturnalia done up for children. She finds gems in the bedrock every time. Angela Carter could write nonsense but the images and luscious cadence of the syntax would still be better 'n most.

This tale was a tad too derivative but well worth it if only for the phrase "tawny pippit. I dig it. View all 3 comments. Jun 18, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: , fiction. I enjoyed the first three stories immensely. Things started to unravel a bit in the fourth story and what followed in the rest of the collection was less successful. It seems to be a whole lot of weird for the sake of weird. I liked her creativity but about half of the stories were just ok. Jan 21, Mizuki rated it really liked it. This is a short stories collection which I definitely would revisit later on!

Carter's love for fun fairs and freak shows? Jun 09, Steve rated it it was ok. I read a book of Angela Carter short stories years ago and found them original, dark, quirky, and captivating. This compilation, however, is very short capitalizing on what the estate could pull together after her death? The first two stories, "Lizzie's Tiger" and "John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore" I found to be as I remembered the earlier book of stories I had read - quirky and thought provoking with Ms Carter's unconventional take, confound I read a book of Angela Carter short stories years ago and found them original, dark, quirky, and captivating.

The first two stories, "Lizzie's Tiger" and "John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore" I found to be as I remembered the earlier book of stories I had read - quirky and thought provoking with Ms Carter's unconventional take, confounding readers' expectations.

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The next two stories in Part One were not, I felt, as good as the first two, but nonetheless reflecting the same twist of viewpoint that I expect from her work. Part Two, however, contains what I would call five short essays rather than stories - essays in which she attempts to turn on their head various mainly old world fairy tale legends the last work being an essay assaying a painting of Mary Magdalene, with characteristic unconventional insights. Angela Carter. Angela Carter was born in She lived in Japan, the United States and Australia.

Her first novel, Shadow Dance , was published in She died in February Our Lists. View all online retailers. Read more.

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