Ever seen the film Moulin Rouge? Near the beginning, when everything goes a bit crazy and swirls around throwing information at your in a very over the top and in you face fashion?
Now imagine that in book form. Add a huge dollop of sex, Shakespeare and insanity, with just a pinch of incest, and that is Wise Children for you.
Angela Carter's narrative is fabulous, she is undoubtedly one of the most talented writers I have ever read from, with an almost unique ability of weaving stories under stories under stories and all in between. Wise Children is no exception to this. Practically every line is an allusion to a different text, every event has significance, and every character is there for a very important reason.
OK, so Wise Children isn't for everyone. It's a book you have to immerse yourself in completely, and don't be put off by the bizarre nature of it all. In my view, a new classic in the making.