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08/04/2013

My Favourite Book.

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Wise Children is predominantly set in London, all quotes used above are from the book.

Namesake. Time to introduce you to my favourite paperback. Wise Children. Angela Carter. A tale of fortune and chance, the story of two families deeply entwined but bitterly opposed, and an allegory so comedic, tragic and witty that the great Bard himself could have written it. It’s no surprise that Carter admired Shakespeare’s work, Wise Children is based on the theatre – the two sides of the theatre, the crème de la crème and the underbelly. We learn about the history of the theatre and all the secrets and scandals that populate it from the narrator, Dora Chance. Great name. Set in London, mostly. The story is told on Dora’s 75th birthday and flashes back and forth through time as she tells us her tale; the novel is full of adventure, mystery and has so many twists and turns that reading it feels like you’re whizzing through her life on a Nimbus 2000. Dora is such a likeable narrator too, it feels like you’re with her the whole story, sat by her side as she tells you her about her life. Carter addresses the reader throughout with little colloquialisms and quips that really makes you become a part of the book, which is one of the things that I love about it. I also love that the story of Dora and Nora Chance (Nora is Dora’s twin) is not typical, it doesn’t run smoothly, there’s good parts and bad, romance and perversion, birth and death, luxury and squalor – it’s a story of parallels and how their lives are affected by them. I can’t really explain why you should read this book, but if it sounds like you might like it from my rambled summary, you will love it.

You can buy Wise Children here

You can read an extract on Google Books

What’s your favourite book?

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14 comments:

  1. Great review, I'm always looking for new books to read. My all time favourite is Jane Eyre, it's perfect :P x

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    1. I need to read Jane Eyre! I have 2 copies on my bookshelf but haven't started it yet! xx

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  2. Oh, I've heard good things about Angela Carter - sounds like a good book!

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    1. It really is worth a read, I think it might be a bit of a marmite book though! xx

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  3. I HAVE to read this - sounds fab! x

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  4. I struggle with favourite books. I read quite a few books and there are often those which I like, some which I hate and most which I don't mind about. There are some books, like Little Women, which I've read more than once but on the whole, there isn't a lot which I've gone back to again and again.

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    1. I'm the same although I've read Wise Children lots of times, and the harry potter books - I know them so well that I can just dip in and out! xx

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  5. I read this when doing As English Lit and I didn't get into it or enjoy it. I might just have to give it another go again, it may be more enjoyable when i'm not studying it x

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    1. That's where I first read it too! Loads of people in my class hated it but I loved it! Give it another go! xx

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  6. number one- amazing post. those quotes written with those photos felt so whimsical
    number two- this sounds like such a great read! i felt kind of hooked in just reading your review. this is on my must-read list now!

    xo Marlen
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    1. Thank you for the kind message! You really must read it! xx

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