Angela Carter – Heroes and Villains

Ivory towers, woods filled with beasts and being “rescued” by a “prince,” Angela Carter’s Heroes and Villains does have the makings of a fairytale, only it is by Carter, so it’s anything but.

Our protagonist Marianne is no damsel in distress, in fact to a certain extent she creates it. Locked in her tower she witnesses the death of her brother at the hands of a barbarian, but instead of mourning she fixates on the barbarian.. and you’ve probably guessed by now that he ends up being her “prince.” It has horrors; death, madness and rape to name but a few but I found it an easier read than Shadow Dance.. as odd as that seems.

Progress:

* Shadow Dance (1966)
* The Magic Toyshop (1967)
* Several Perceptions (1968)
* Heroes and Villains (1969)
* Love (1971)
* The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972)
* The Passion of New Eve (1977)
* Nights at the Circus (1984)
* Wise Children (1991)

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2 Comments

    • Now that is quite a question, I don’t know about “best” but my favourite is probably The Passions of New Eve. Perhaps it is because I studied at university and, if that doesn’t put you off, it often ends up making you have a connection with a novel that you wouldn’t get on its own. I think the feminist elements and construction of the genders plays to Carter’s core writing and as a result it has a lot to give.

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