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ISBN13: 9780140175301
ISBN10: 014017530x
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Wise Children follows the fortunes of the Chance twins, Dora and Nora, taking in the story of their show business family — the Hazards — over the past century. Born illegitimately, spurned by their father Melchior and brought up by their landlady, Mrs Chance, Dora and Nora learn to dance, and begin to forge a career, "two girls pounding the boards". After the post-war decline of their careers they are reduced to performing in nude revues, while the latest generation of Hazards rise to fame as stars of television. Angela Carter's witty and bawdy new novel celebrates the magic of over a century of show business.

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"Dazzling....The culmination of Angela Carter's prolific and inventive career." Michiko Kakutami, The New York Times

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"[A]ll the world's a stage for Angela Carter's new novel, which bursts with the lusty ebullience of a Shakespeare comedy....Wise Cihldren is vintage Carter." The Village Voice

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"Carter has created her most exuberant entertainment, a slapstick family chronicle filled to overflowing with shiftless fathers, scheming (or long-suffering) mothers, fractious siblings, and five—count 'em, five—sets of twins." Entertainment Weekly

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"Wise Children inhabits its own manic universe and would probably translate into a spirited, bawdy musical comedy-farce of the kind in which the Chance sisters themselves performed, long ago." Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review

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"One of the century's best writers." Sunday Times (UK)

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"A fine, fierce, incandescent talent." Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday

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"She was a great writer and a great feminist, and will be read for illumination and entertainment for many years to come." New Statesman

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The bewitching last novel from the heralded Angela Carter — a tale as bawdy, tender, unpredictable, and magical as its main characters, the song-and-dance twam of twin sisters, Dora and Nora Chance.

About the Author

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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Elliott, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by Elliott)
Angela Carter is a brilliant writer and this is one of my favorite books by her. Narrated by Dora Chance, this novel tells the story of she and twin her sister Nora. Dora tells their story on the eve of their seventy-fifth birthday. It follows them from their illegitimate births, to their time treading the boards as the Chance Sisters, to their brief stint in early Hollywood. Like Carter's other novels, this one is smartly written and is often hilarious. It also abounds with references to Shakespeare. An intelligent, witty, and delightful read.
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jenniferreadmuch, July 16, 2007 (view all comments by jenniferreadmuch)
the sheer amount of detail and information dora chance lapses into at points can be a difficult pace to keep up with in this novel. However if you stick with it you are repayed with a magical veiw of what could be described as a life well lived. Dora chance tells us of the lucky chance twins, maturing into a woman, a makeshift family and a show biz life

This book was a great read, giving an amusing look at growing old and how to do it in style!

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xxlady_hannahxx, November 30, 2006 (view all comments by xxlady_hannahxx)
This book was an amazing read, i really enjoyed it. it is full of emotions, and twists at every corner. this makes the book more interesting i highly recommend everyone to read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140175301
Author:
Carter, Angela
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Historical fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
no.3
Publication Date:
19930101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.78x5.16x.77 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140175301 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Dazzling....The culmination of Angela Carter's prolific and inventive career."
"Review" by , "[A]ll the world's a stage for Angela Carter's new novel, which bursts with the lusty ebullience of a Shakespeare comedy....Wise Cihldren is vintage Carter."
"Review" by , "Carter has created her most exuberant entertainment, a slapstick family chronicle filled to overflowing with shiftless fathers, scheming (or long-suffering) mothers, fractious siblings, and five—count 'em, five—sets of twins."
"Review" by , "Wise Children inhabits its own manic universe and would probably translate into a spirited, bawdy musical comedy-farce of the kind in which the Chance sisters themselves performed, long ago."
"Review" by , "One of the century's best writers."
"Review" by , "A fine, fierce, incandescent talent."
"Review" by , "She was a great writer and a great feminist, and will be read for illumination and entertainment for many years to come."
"Synopsis" by , The bewitching last novel from the heralded Angela Carter — a tale as bawdy, tender, unpredictable, and magical as its main characters, the song-and-dance twam of twin sisters, Dora and Nora Chance.
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