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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844083675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844083671
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Carter was born in 1940. She lived in Japan, the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965. Her next book, The Magic Toyshop, won the John Llewllyn Rhys Prize and the next, Several Perceptions, the Somerset Maugham Award. She died in February 1992.

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'Fizzing with allegory, symbolism and surprises' - The Times

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Nine darkly inventive tales from one of Britain's most original and imaginative writers.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
A perfect title for this collection of odd, occasionally brilliant, dazzling and artificial tales. Some of the stories, set in rapacious South-American jungles and bitter Northern highlands, are instantly recognisable; this in Carter in the sensual and wicked fairy-tale mode she is perhaps most well-known for. Other tales set in Japan (recounting or perhaps inventing her 'Sadie Thompson-esque' experiences as a barmaid in the Orient, as she memorably described it elsewhere), are clever and introspective, full of the dreamy beauty, the absorbed masochism and downright strangeness of Japan. These tales grow on you slowly, like those Japanese paper flowers that open out underwater.
I think Fireworks illustrates better than any of her other story collections (excepting the glorious Bloody Chamber) just how fantastically inventive and rigorously intelligent Carter could be. Truly fireworks for the mind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. L. Cox on 22 Oct. 2009
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This was my first (and as yet only) Carter read. What an outstanding introduction.
I had to read the whole book in one sitting. Incredible depth and wonderful twists and turns.
Such imagination-like fairytails for those of us who forgot to grow up, even though our bodies took the liberty.
The stories that thrilled me the most in terms of both aestethicism and substance were...
The executioner's beautiful daughter
The loves of Lady Purple
Penetrating to the heart of the forest

and my favourite....Reflections.

You could spend hours considering the text and all the things it could mean and all the things it represents...or just enjoy her crafted words.

Not a huge book. The stories are a good length...not too long to lose your interest and not too short as to cut you off just as you are getting into one. The narrative styles vary which keeps interest and she is playful in switching perspectives without warning. The stories also cover alot of ground geographically speaking which adds another level of richness.

I look forward to reading more.
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So sad Angela Carter is no longer with us. Love each and every book she ever wrote. This is a fascinating study.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trellia on 20 Nov. 2011
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I am a big Angela Carter fan, and so for me this is certainly an intriguing piece - one of the few works that reflects her stint living in Japan, and also contains a lot of the ingredients she would go on to use in later works such as her incredible The Passion of New Eve (Virago Modern Classics). This makes "Fireworks" essential for any Carter fan who wishes to understand more about the underlying themes in her work.

However, I got the feeling that most of the stories in this collection were her "B sides" - experimental pieces that didn't make the cut for her later, better collections. The stories lack the control and clarity of later works - there are far too many long, awkward sentences, repetition of words, and so many of the stories read far more like an elaborate description rather than an actual sequence of events.

If starting out with Angela Carter's short stories, I would most definitely recommend The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories (probably her best work), followed by Black Venus, rather than this collection. For fans of Carter, this is certainly worth reading purely for getting a greater "behind the scenes" insight into the author's mind.
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