Best Angela Carter?

(12 Posts)
Clawdy Mon 18-Feb-13 15:34:01

To my shame,just realized have never read any Angela Carter,so decided to pick one of her novels for my next book-group choice. Any suggestions?

ArcticRoll Mon 18-Feb-13 15:34:57

Nights at the Circus

Snazzynewyear Mon 18-Feb-13 15:40:18

Some people like the early stuff - very Gothic fairytale - such as The Magic Toyshop and some like the late stuff where it's also rollicking, for want of a better word. I love Wise Children. It's all good though smile

ArcticRoll Mon 18-Feb-13 18:43:37

Oh yes Snazzynewyear I agree-forgot about Wise Children-I prefer it to Nights at the Circus .

sassytheFIRST Mon 18-Feb-13 18:45:28

Bloody chamber might be good for a book group. Lots of re-envisaged fairy tales with a gothic and feminist twist. Interesting and varied. Accessible too.

Bluestocking Mon 18-Feb-13 18:47:41

I think you can't really go wrong with AC. I have a particular fondness for The Magic Toyshop because I read it as a young teenager, and it's set in Crystal Palace where I grew up.

Clawdy Mon 18-Feb-13 19:39:16

Thanks!they all sound really interesting.

LaQueen Tue 19-Feb-13 16:17:12

Ooooh, tricky...the first book of hers I read was The Magic Toyshop, and I was spellbound.

Love The Bloody Chamber, too - a very interesting twist on conventional fairy-tales.

DuchessofMalfi Tue 19-Feb-13 17:31:33

I've got The Bloody Chamber too - it will be my first Angela Carter book. Waiting for the right time to read it smile

notnowImreading Sat 23-Feb-13 18:29:24

Wise Children is my all-time favourite Carter. It's so beautiful and humane but so funny at the same time. Plus it's got a lot of Shakespearean tropes in it, which always sells me on pretty much any book (as long as they're coupled with rude similes for willies, which this book also has).

UserNameAngst Sat 23-Feb-13 18:30:58

We read Heroes and Villains as a counterpoint to The Hunger Games which worked reasonably well.

NationalLottie Mon 25-Feb-13 11:39:16

Nights at the circus is wonderful, magic realism, thinking of that for my book group, have not read Wise Children in a long time.

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