Several Perceptions (VMC) Paperback – 6 Mar 1997
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'A picture of the Swinging Sixties without the romantic gloss of middle-aged memories' SUNDAY TIMES 'Vintage Carter' The Times
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The book itself reads like a set of hallucinogenic happenings to the main character, Joseph, and the eclectic crowd of people around him (including an ageing hooker, her sharp-dressed and brilliantined musician son, a fey-like young man who has "adventures", a glamorous American (named "Barbie", perhaps appropriately) and an orphaned woman who has abandoned her baby and developed an hysterical limp as a result). From the Sunday Times review (contrasted with all I know of Carter's work) it's hard to know whether the story is a product of the Swinging Sixties and this is how people actually lived (I'm a child of the 70s myself) or whether this is Carter's surrealism at work.
Whatever it is, this is a beautifully-written (what else would you expect with Carter?), witty piece of work. I loved the bit about the badger.
As one other reviewer said on here - this probably isn't her best work - I personally prefer The Magic Toyshop or Nights at the Circus, but it's well worth a look and you won't be wasting your time reading it.