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Now in her 70s, Dora, an old trouper who once topped the bill with her sister, Nora, as "The Lucky Chances", is writing her memoirs. The girls have taken to the boards, from rags to riches and back to ...

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Excellent

“Not only for the wise”

published 19/10/2005

A joyful celebreation of life

It ends...

Wise Children, like all Angela Carter's novels, is very, very, very hard to quantify. The novel itself is a minefield of clichés, stock characters and contrived situations waiting to happen. My point being: this never happens. Ever. Not at all. This does not seem possible. Contextualisation:...

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Funny, scandalous, happy ending

Structure leaves a lot to be desired - you might g...

I bought this book '3 for £1' from a charity shop having only vaguely heard of Angela Carter, but when faced with a bunch of books I have no idea how to choose from, I usually go for the prettiest cover, or the author with the nicest name. In this case, having found 2 books, and faced with a...

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A Colourful, vibrant, rich novel

the author's lack of moral conduct

Angela Carter's Wise Children is the life story of show businesses Chance Sisters. Dora Chance, twin sister of Nora, narrates throughout the story. She tells their colourful life tale upon the commencement of the twin's seventy- fifth birthdays. The story is set mainly in England. The twins spend...

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Excellent

“Pick up and don't put down!”

published 28/10/2004

Funny, heart felt, sad and entertaining!

Not one!

This is the first novel by Angela Carter that I have read and I will certainly be reading more! Having found this book when I moved house it sat on my bookcase until I was thoroughly bored and itching for print! From the first paragraph I was hooked and can honestly say that I did not put this...

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“a novel to love”

published 23/10/2007

great ensight to carters own veiws

changing of time fames can be quite heavy

Angela Carters narrative Wise Children novels explores many themes and expresses many of her veiws. It is clear through her writting that she was a feminst thgouh the dominance of the male characters. Without giving away the novels main theme, the text explores, carnivalesque, magic realism...

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“The curse of the set text”

published 11/01/2007

Has the odd enjoyable moment

Sometimes seems to be written with the intent of b...

I have to be honest with you if I had just picked this book up off the shelf and read it I would almost certainly have enjoyed it far more than I did. This is alas the course of A level English, or at least in my opinion, that by the end of the course you will almost certainly hate the set text...

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“twists and turns”

published 18/12/2007

great plot

confusing

This book can be very confusing at first glance although when you have read the whole book everything ties to an end and all makes sense. the main plot of illigetimacy is very cleever indeed. and the way that carter presents the characters is very clever. i certinaly enjoyed this book and would...

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Excellent

Everything, all outstanding!

Eventually, like everything else. It comes to an e...

One of the best books I have read! I still re-read it again and again when bored. I studied this book for my English literature AS levels with the majority of the class enjoying the book as much as I did. Yes I am a male and this book will be moreover seen to be targeted towards the women...

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“Wise Children”

published 07/12/2004

warm, entertaining, ammusing

confusing

this is the first book i have read by Angela carter and didn't quite know what to make of it, it catches you by surprise because the way its set out, like a play, when main character Dora introduces herself in a conversational way, she and twin Nora take us through a highly ammusing detailed...

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