The Magic Toyshop
One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother's wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave the comfortable home of her childhood, she is sent to London to live with relatives she has never met: Aunt Margaret, beautiful and speechless, and her brothers,... show more
One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother's wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave the comfortable home of her childhood, she is sent to London to live with relatives she has never met: Aunt Margaret, beautiful and speechless, and her brothers, Francie, whose graceful music belies his clumsy nature, and the volatile Finn, who kisses Melanie in the ruins of the pleasure gardens. And brooding Unlce Philip loves only the life-sized wooden puppets he creates in his toyshop. This classic gothic novel established Angela Carter as one of our most imaginative writers and augurs the themes of her later creative work.
Publish date: August 1st 1996
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
, Female Authors
, Magical Realism
“She remembered the lover made up out of books and poems she had dreamed of all summer; he crumbled like the paper he was made of before this insolent, off-hand, terrifying maleness, filling the room with its reek. She hated it. But she could not take her eyes off him.”Torn wedding dresses, shatter...
It's weird, falling in love with an author's later work and then picking up something they wrote when they were still learning the ropes. "The Magic Toyshop" has a lot of Angela Carter's trademarks, and it is a very poignant story, but she doesn't nearly have the same control of her language as she ...
Read for university. A generous 3.7 stars, as I can't give halves. Beautifully written, but sometimes to the point of exhaustion. A dark, jarring tale. Left me intrigued. Enjoyed.
There's only one thing better than a good book, and that's a good book that introduces you to a brand new author. Angela Carter may well just be my new obsession. Carter's writing is at times, exquisite and at times, harrowing. This has all the elements of a fairy tale but goes much deeper than t...
I haven't read any Angela Carter in quite a while, and I have to say I'm a bit dissapointed. I had been looking endlessly for this book, and finally, yes finally, it was delivered into my hands. This book was definitely not horrible, but for me, it was lacking....well, magic. I really did enjoy the ...