The Magic Toyshop

Paperback | August 1, 1996

byAngela Carter

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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.

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In this brilliantly imagined novel, Angela Carter explores the tormented world of adolescence and the heart's ability to withstand even the deepest sorrows. "A tour de force . . . put out shoots of all Carter's fascinations, which turns up in her later books: illusion and stage magic, myths and folktales, sorcery, the allure of sufferi...

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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 c...

Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:August 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140256407

ISBN - 13:9780140256406

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious I'm slightly biased on the rating because I adore Gothic lit--definitely a favourite genre, if not number one. Angela Carter is like no author you've ever read, guaranteed. She's vulgar, she's dark, she has razor sharp wit and has such delicious prose you won't want to stop reading her entire repertoire. She is the master at making you feel like you've just done something naughty, like peeking at a photograph or present you weren't supposed to see, when reading her work. Should you go on? Absolutely. But it always feels like you've gotten away with something obscene when you do. Her stories, both short, long, and re-makes on classic fairy tales (which are arguably the best) are highly creative and so, so magical. Gothic literature is a difficult genre in which to write well and if you're studying it or just looking for a gorgeous read, Carter is among the finest. A brilliant talent taken far too soon.
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most intriging writings i've ever met! Angela Carter delivers the most imaginative stories writen in the fiction categories. If you want to be apart of a romance, this book will sweep you off your feet. Her writing styles is so good that you can almost imagine yourself being a part of the story. Based on the theme of engulfing families, this novel has romance, actions, incest, violents, fairy tale fantasies and it goes on. I recommand this bok to anyone that loves to have a good read on Sunday nights. I well prefer this to WTN's Sunday Night Romance Movies!
Date published: 2000-11-22

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In this brilliantly imagined novel, Angela Carter explores the tormented world of adolescence and the heart's ability to withstand even the deepest sorrows. "A tour de force . . . put out shoots of all Carter's fascinations, which turns up in her later books: illusion and stage magic, myths and folktales, sorcery, the allure of suffering, incest, revenge, escape".--Voice Literary Supplement

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"A magic novel, sexy and eccentric, romantic and tricky."
—Voice Literary Supplement

"Beneath its contemporary surface, this novel shimmers with blurred echoes—from Lewis Carroll, from 'Giselle' and 'Coppelia,' Harlequin and Punch. It leaves behind it a flavor, pungent and unsettling."
—The New York Times Book Review