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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jewel of my Library, 18 July 2008
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This review is from: The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories (Vintage Magic) (Paperback)
Not for nothing is Angela Carter my favourite author. She was first recommended to me when I was a callow young lass of 17. But it took me a year or two more before I finally got a taste of her work, when we studied one of the stories in this collection (the Werewolf) for a university module.

I was entranced from the very first sentence "It is a northern country; they have cold weather, they have cold hearts." Carter's baroque prose is often akin to lying on velvet and drinking pearls, or sometimes like scraping scraps of bloodied meat from a bone. Dense and flavoursome, her narrative style seems to spring directly from the fantastical worlds it conveys.

The stories here are retellings of familiar (and some less familiar) fairytales. In one sense, they are modernised, but it would perhaps be more correct to say that they in fact strip away the sanitising and tinkering of centuries to get back to the dark, psychological undertones of the stories in their original form.

Wonderfully evocative, these fairytales are certainly not for children, and I can guarantee that you'll never be able to read Little Red Riding Hood or Beauty and the Beast in quite the same way again.
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Initial post: 4 Aug 2008 11:19:57 BDT
This reviewer has a lovely turn of phrase herself - loved the lying on velvet and drinking pearls and scraping bloodied meat off the bone - evocative indeed of Carter's writing!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2008 13:37:57 BDT
VC Cox says:
Thank you very much! I have a genuine love for her and only wish she had not died so young.
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