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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (31 Dec. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860683419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860683414
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,628 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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'If you can imagine Baudelaire, Blake and Kafka getting together to describe America, you are well on the way to Carter's visionary and lurid world' THE TIMES 'Her writing is pyrotechnic' OBSERVER

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THE PASSION OF NEW EVE is an extraordinary journey into the apocalyptic vision of the author Lorna Sage called 'The boldest of English writers'.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads on 30 Jan. 2011
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`The Passion of New Eve' starts as it means to go on with the rather bizarre opening sentence `The last night I spent in London, I took some girl or other to the movies and, through her mediation, I paid you a little tribute of spermatozoa, Tristessa.' This is not going to be any ordinary tale and indeed it isn't. We first meet Evelyn he has taken a girl to the cinema and then lets her perform fellatio on him whilst he watches his all time favourite actress on screen. Suddenly we skip to his arrival in New York a few weeks later, but this is not the New York we know of. It's a dystopian version of The Big Apple where giant rats and secular groups based on gender, sexuality and race run the streets.

After falling for Leilah, a nightclub dancer, he soon gets her pregnant and sort of tires and the darkness of the city and runs away to the desert where he is captured by a female tribe living in the underworld city of Beulah and, before you think I am giving much too much away, this is where the biggest change of Evelyn's life awaits him. I could go on and there is so much to talk about that follows and how I felt about it all but really you need to try, if you are brave enough, to read this book yourself for the experience as well as the story.

`The Passion of New Eve' is quite unlike anything I have ever read and certainly nothing like I was expecting from reading some of Angela Carter's previous works. It's a dark, uncomfortable and sometimes brutal and graphic look at sexuality and gender and what Carter feels defines them and how they can be used to manipulate and hurt rather than in any positive way - though there is a weird sense of hope in the book somewhere deep down which you get flickers of now and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jam.min.man on 1 Sept. 2006
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"The Passion Of New Eve" is a wild and dangerous ride through aspects of human experience that can be explored only via the over-the-top, surrealistic methods Angela Carter is using.

She is taking a hard look at issues of sexual identity, and by setting her story in a future U.S.A. that is rapidly disintegrating, and descending into all-out civil war, she indicates the often violent and arbitrary way sexual and social roles are created and changed.

The point of the novel seems to be that nature will always defeat the power plays of men, but will offer women strength only - not sympathy. The utterly satisfying section towards the end where Eve is re-born and then expelled from "Eden" underscores this.

A brilliant, deeply challenging book, recommended to readers who like to be broadened.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Wildfire on 23 April 2003
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One of the sad consequences of Angela Carter's political stance is that her work will be read under the analytical microscope, just as I read this book the first time round. Regardless of any such speculative dissection, it is a beautiful, warm, subtly erotic story and in a league of its own. It is more likely to appeal to the unselfconscious, more adventurous reader.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2010
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It makes me sad to only give an Angela Carter novel only three stars, as I expect she was one of the greater writers of the last century. The Passion of New Eve, though, is just a bit silly. It drowns in symbolism, there's not much continuity, the main character is just whisked from one situation to another, the man as a woman as a man thing is not new or interesting or revelatory or meaningful (Shakespeare was doing it). A man, turned into a woman, is subjected to the same treatment of his new gender by his old. It's not exactly an earth-shattering idea

The Passion of New Eve is self-indulgent and unsatisfying. It's fine to the follow the plot from one end to the other, but by the end the flights of fancy become ridiculous, the meaning void. It's a shame, because the first section, in the apocalyptic version of New York under subject of destruction, is brilliant.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Thacker on 21 Feb. 2003
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Angela Carter's novel Passion of New Eve is an intelligent discourse centred around ideas of gender as a performance and gender assignment. By the end of the novel names and gender roles are so obscured and blurry that they become obsolete, the 'act' of 'being' is nothing more than a performance like that of the famous actress.
Tristessa is the ultimate figure of feminine masochism, but isn't all that she seems, neither is Englishman Evelyn who later becomes Eve - Mother's mythic vision of the ultimate woman modelled on the playboy centrefold...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunflowerteeth on 15 Nov. 2012
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I bought this as a birthday present for a friend who is an Actress and Musician. My friend loves performance art as well and so enjoys reading novels, scripts and poetry that are dark and bizarre. She enjoys reading things that delve into topics like life, death, spirituality, mythology, sexuality, gender, psychology and magic and so when I read the blurb I thought she would like this and find it inspiring for her acting and performance art work.
I also would love to read this but at the moment I am reading "The Infernal Desire Machine of Doctor Hoffman" By the same Author as I love themes on Magical Realism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arawly on 1 April 2012
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I think this book is hilarious! Angela Carter is witchy and witty and scary and gross and magical...she fluctuates beautifully though between these. Behind every sentence you know there is something "going on" beneath it.
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