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Nights at the Circus By Angela Carter Nights at the Circus Is Sophie Fevvers toast of Europe s capitals part swanor all fake Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse Lautrec she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of Colonel Kearney s ci

  • Title: Nights at the Circus
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • ISBN: 9780140077032
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nights at the Circus By Angela Carter Is Sophie Fevvers, toast of Europe s capitals, part swanor all fake Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of Colonel Kearney s circus She is also part woman, part swan Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover the truth behind her identity Dazzled by his love for her, and despIs Sophie Fevvers, toast of Europe s capitals, part swanor all fake Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of Colonel Kearney s circus She is also part woman, part swan Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover the truth behind her identity Dazzled by his love for her, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser has no choice but to join the circus on its magical tour through turn of the nineteenth century London, St Petersburg and Siberia.
    Nights at the Circus By Angela Carter

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    1. Richard Derus on said:

      Book Circle Read 15The Publisher Says Is Sophie Fevvers, toast of Europe s capitals, part swanor all fake Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of Colonel Kearney s circus She is also part woman, part swan Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover the truth behind her identity Dazzled by his love for her, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser has no choice but to join the circus on its magical [...]

    2. Fionnuala on said:

      Reviewed in September 2012There are many aspects of the bizarre world of this book that I admire even though it took me a while to get hooked by the story I was ready to abandon it anytime during the first fifty pages until I came across a remark to the effect that for those who have never seen a match, striking one must seem like magic Then I understood something of what Carter was trying to do She implies that since we don t know everything about the mysteries of the natural world, a lot of th [...]

    3. Kelly on said:

      Angela Carter s world is, as always, a dirty, earthy, erotic, yet soaringly ethereal place to spend one s time It is as hard to capture the essence of her tone and her outlook as it is to exactly pin down all of her insightful commentary, as wrapped up in velvet and hidden by veils of fairy dust as they can be Her earthy, body based, yet highly intellectual feminism is my favorite Carter makes me feel the pain of and rejoice in the awesomeness of being a woman all at once, and I really connect t [...]

    4. Miriam on said:

      Prose 5 Awesome and fascinating If only I actually cared about what she was saying.Story 3 Strangely less interesting than one would expect winged Victorian harlots to be.Characters 2 Em Kudos for originality development, but aside from me caring not a jot about them they had a strangely constructed feel Aside from being extremely impressed by Carter s writing I didn t care for the book, but I m definitely willing to try something else of hers.

    5. Zanna on said:

      Well this is probably as much fun as can be had reading, for me anyway I surrender utterly to the allure of Fevvers I believed every wonderful word of her story and every page of it yielded some new pleasure to my feminist consciousness The portrayal of a group of sex workers and ridicule of their would be self appointed saviours seemed particularly well observed to me On the level of the symbolic, fill yer boots On the level of prose, this is as extravagantly creative and exuberant as it could [...]

    6. Lucy Banks on said:

      Fabulous I d been expecting good things from this book, as everyone always tells me how wonderful Angela Carter is, and it certainly delivered It s a surreal, earthy kind of book, divided into three distinct parts, which largely focus on the introduction of Fevvers the fabulous cockney winged woman , the days at the circus, and the wilds of Siberia Hey, I did warn you it was surreal In this book, the reader encounters intelligent pigs I LOVED Sybil , brothel madams who like dressing up as Nelson [...]

    7. Fabian on said:

      Spoilers In the same fantastical circuit as the 1001 Arabian Nights, it is set in a real palette of colors it s like seeing a Toulouse Lautrec through tears Carter s brand of magic realism swirled in with comical, cheerful anecdotes is by and large delightful There is a woman trapeze artist that may be a swan, a tiger attack, and a train derailment That s the plot Also, I remember an atrociously charming story about a Thumbelina like creature with eyes for nipples Yup Call it, an adult Lewis Car [...]

    8. Chris on said:

      Update A story about stories and illusion.Magic and reading have something in common It s that thin wedge that question of what is real and what is fantasy We know that the magician is doing some trick, but we just can t get it, can t figure it out With books, good ones at least, the trick is the writing taking you someplace else Books aren t the only thing that can do this a good movie, painting, music It s this line between reality and fantasy that Carter explores in this novel about a circus [...]

    9. Sandi on said:

      I m surprised that I took no notes while reading this book I have a feeling it was because I came so en rapt in Sophie s tale I forgot all else Isn t that the point of a good book Did I say this book is good Well I will now This book is good From the start you wonder if her story really is true when she claims to have been hatched but soon you realize there is something strange going on Like the reporter, Jack Walser you could swear that you ve been listening all night until the clock strikes tw [...]

    10. Teresa Proença on said:

      Pensar que te intrujei mesmo, a s rio , deleitou se Isto s serve para provar que n o h nada como a confian a Uma trapezista alada com quase dois metros de altura um jornalista a fazer de palha o uma prostituta com ideias revolucion rias uma porca pequenina que adivinha o futuro uma domadora de tigres que se apaixona por uma cantora que valsa com tigres um homem sem boca um macaco professor.Uma assassina que aprisiona outras mulheres que, como ela, mataram os maridos.E mais umas quantas personage [...]

    11. Kaph on said:

      Verdict Three rings of fractured fairy tales, barely believable characters and fables fallen through the looking glass Night s at the Circus is too clever by half, too bad it knows it Nights at the Circus came to me immediately recommended, which is to say the girl at Waterstones gushed over when I brought it to the counter Generally I do not care for it when shop staff accost me with unsolicited conversation because I am, to use the medical terminology, painfully awkward I don t mind so much at [...]

    12. Nate D on said:

      Is this Angela Carter s epic Quiet possibly It s enormous, majestic, confounding even as fascinating, unwieldy with determination to fill in every backstory that would otherwise go overlooked, poised at the edge of the 20th century and so encompassing all of its bitter disillusion The breadth of characters and otherwise passed over stories within stories rivals Pynchon, as does the way that in which both interrogate reality in earnest through application of elaborate systems of meaning in which [...]

    13. James on said:

      The child s laughter is pure until he first laughs at a clown In 2012, the Best of James Tait Black culled together its tributes from the past near century, and declared Angela Carter s novel, Nights at the Circus, the best fiction novel out of its history of winners and therefore, as the novel of the century Wonderfully fitting for a novel which masks itself on the chaotic cusp of the twentieth century, where time begins to fall into a state of gaudy entropy thus Nights at the Circus reworks th [...]

    14. Rob on said:

      When I read Angela Carter, I imagine her as the literary grandmother to someone like Kelly Link There s an eccentric tone of fantasy, an unabashed outlandishness and roguish word play there s a thread of challenge running through the narrative, sometimes cleverly concealed and sometimes out in front like so much gaudy embroidery Carter is a master storyteller with a remarkable gift for language and a willingness to take risks on any front.But all of the above I already knew from my introduction [...]

    15. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly on said:

      I was delightfully surprised that I liked this gothic, magical realism type of novel where the principal protagonist is a tall, long haired, round faced woman WITH WINGS Usually, plots like this, including those in science fiction, would be too heavy a task for me to appreciate because I have this little devil inside my ear who, as I read, continuously whispers to me not true, invented, can t ever happen, just pulling your leg, you re wasting your time, better read others, etc.Add to these is th [...]

    16. Elise on said:

      In typical Angela Carter fashion, Nights at the Circus appeals to our baser human instincts by attempting to shock us with freaks, incest, cannibalism, and excrement The whole time I was reading it, I called it my albatross Since I had gotten past page 50 every book gets a 50 page chance from me due to the book s, at times, lyrical and surreal beauty, I felt violated by so much ugliness in the book s second half But by then, I had to finish it It took me an entire month to read this novel becaus [...]

    17. lynne naranek on said:

      i don t get it I mean, the tale is fantastic, in all senses of the word The premise of a winged like girl, brought up by a house of whores, who ends up an aerialiste in a circus, already requires a suspension of belief The hapless Jack Walser, a journalist who interviews Fevvers as in Feathers, you dig and falls in love with her, who then does everyone s childhood dream of running away to join the circus, goes through many trials and tribulations, heck, as does Fevvers and her foster mother cha [...]

    18. Uday on said:

      For me it was, than anything else, a case of words versus images.Somewhere in the first twenty pages, our heroine after so enchantingly delighting the audience to her performance, does an act an act that would ve been so ghastly indecent to the typical Victorian Better out than in, Sir she says to the narrator set out to inscribe her identity, and lets a ripping fart ring around the room After a taste of her as an image, an icon, the aerialiste , the reader should not forget her body, her belch [...]

    19. Stef Rozitis on said:

      The carnavelesque atmosphere gave it an almost gothic cast though it was set too late to really be gothic similarily it brought to mind steam punk without really being that either The whole clock that strikes midnight continuously, the speculations about the wings being fake all fits into the world of the brothels, houses of horror and circuses and creates this fantastical almost realist picture which of course eventually Carter stunningly rips to shreds, leaving the reader feeling suddenly nake [...]

    20. Ellie on said:

      Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter is apparently a classic It has many spectacular scenes and Carter s usual surrealism It plays itself out like a fabulous carnival.I ve enjoyed other works of Angela Carter The Magic Toyshop, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, and Burning Your Boats Maybe I can t imaginatively sustain Carter s wild surrealism for a full length novel But despite some wonderful moments in the story of Sophie Fevvers trapeze fame as a woman with full size wings and the questi [...]

    21. Algernon on said:

      excellent fable of humanity mixing feminism with picaresque adventure Memorable characters, excellent use of language, humor, adventure, philosophy, militancy, kindness, grotesque tableaux vivants, introspection and ultimately love.Strongly recommended

    22. Althea Ann on said:

      I feel like I should ve read this before reading either The Night Circus or Mechanique and I feel like now I ve got a better background in surrealist circus fiction.I have to admit, I didn t love this book as much as I loved The Night Circus but I think it s probably a better work of literature There s a lot here to think about it s rich and complex.On the surface, it s the story of Fevvers a circus star, a winged woman with a trapeze act, who decides to tell her story fact or fiction to the jou [...]

    23. David on said:

      Ronald Firbank Of course, Ronald Firbank was smart enough to not let it go on for too long Bits A redoubtable corset of the kind called an Iron Maiden poked out of the empty coalscuttle like the pink husk of a giant prawn emerging from its den, trailing long laces like several sets of legs So Walser survived the plague in Setzuan, the assegai in Africa, a sharp dose of buggery in a bedouin tent beside the Damascus road and much , the King of Portugal gave her a skipping rope of egg shaped pearls [...]

    24. Paul Secor on said:

      When I was 13 years old, I went to a traveling circus with a friend who was a year older than I and his family When we walked in, we passed a somewhat nerdy teenage kid who was wearing glasses and was sitting on a railing For whatever reason, he called my friend a mama s boy, and my friend wanted to go at him I convinced my friend to let it go and he did Later, during the circus show, the nerdy kid, minus his glasses and looking much less nerdy, appeared in the ring and proceeded to do an acroba [...]

    25. Emmanuelle Maupassant on said:

      If ever a story defied categorisation and deconstruction, here it sits Luxuriously lyrical and peopled by a huge cast of cacophonous eccentrics, such that the reader cannot begin to keep track of each one, it is as if Angela Carter went to every length to make her tale as chaotic and exceptionally unbelievable as possible Above all else, it celebrates the ridiculous and the unexplainable, the surreal and the dazzlingly grotesque Here is evidence that plot need not follow a clear arc, and that ch [...]

    26. Josephine on said:

      Don t read this book if you don t like two bit words or truly independent women, the ones who like men but don t need them for much of anything Nights at the Circus doesn t do anything by halves, whether it s description or detail.The nineteenth century is coming to a close, with all the fevered hothouse passion of an era using up the last of itself before it runs out of time As the book begins, a seemingly nonchalant young reporter is interviewing Fevvers , an aerialiste who may or may not be t [...]

    27. Katya on said:

      Ok, I admit, at first, the book started a little too heavily for me The first third is dedicated to Fevvers telling her life story to Walser, entertaining the press, as she put it, and of course it was constructed in a way that was supposed to entertain the obvious full of long words, rampant exclamations Much like Sophi, it was boisterous, emotional, overblown But that style died as soon as it was time for Carter s economic, elegant narration.Weird way to start a review Here s why authors in ge [...]

    28. Aubrey on said:

      I wish there was a Wiki page devoted to compiling all the works that in some way involve sex workers and yet were not written by sex workers so I wouldn t have to hand wave at some vague immensity and prepare for sealioning trolls to come a flocking This is an especially flexible trope shot of grief, dash of rage, hint of contempt, interjection of the abject, quantum of hope, tidbit of character development, uplift of humanity anyway you want it her , that s the way you need it her The next best [...]

    29. Andrea on said:

      Darkly fantastic, phrases of pure brilliance, mysterious and raunchy and beautiful by turnsI ve never been much for circus tales, but the question of a woman with wings walking the line between human and bird Oh yes And she is glorious, beautiful, larger than life, greedy and bawdy and compassionate In the hands of a man Fevvers would have been yet another man eater, all devouring succubus, but this is told from the point of view of a woman A hell of a woman And it is not her that men succumb to [...]

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