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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (6 Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860490948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860490941
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 1.1 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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* Full of the wit and irreverence for which Carter is renowned

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Set during the 1960s - and written during at this point in time as well - this makes for an interesting read. As The Sunday Times review said of this book: "The importance of this early novel by Angela Carter lies in the fact that it gives a picture of the Swinging Sixties without the romantic gloss of middle-aged memories."

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.
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beautifullly written and amusing account of a serious topic, and about a time in history which has been idealised by too many including the media from what it really was also - so interesting social history too
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As usual I'll say that anything by Carter is going to be excellent and well worth a read. I prefer the more 'magical realism' tendancies in her work and this largely sticks to realism. Also Carter's male protagonists always seem to lack the depth and beleivability of her female ones.
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