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Publisher Comments:

Sophi Fevvers — the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse-Lautrec — is an aerialiste extraordinaire, star of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover Fevvers's true identity: Is she part swan or all fake? Dazzled by his love for Fevvers, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser joins the circus on its tour. The journey takes him — and the reader — on an intoxicating trip through turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia — a tour so magical that only Angela Carter could have created it.

Review:

"A remarkable book by any standards." Guardian

Review:

"Angela Carter has influenced a whole generation of fellow writers towards dream worlds of baroque splendour, fairy tale horror, and visions of the alienated wreckage of a future world. In Nights at the Circus, she has invented a new, raunchy, raucous, Cockney voice for her heroine Fevvers, taking us back into a rich, turn of the 19th century world, which reeks of human and animal variety." The Times

Review:

"Nights at the Circus is a glorious enchantment. But an enchantment which is rooted in an earthy, rich and powerful language....It is a spell-binding achievement." Literary Review

Review:

"A glorious piece of work, a set-piece studded with set-pieces. The narrative has a splendid ripe momentum, and each descriptive touch contributes a pang of vivdness. By doing possible things impossibly well, the book achieves a major enchantment." Times Literary Supplement

Review:

"Nights at the Circus is good, clean fun — well, good fun anyway. It's raunchy moments are steaming, bizarre, at times unsettling, but there is definitely an appreciation here for love, sentiment, and entertainment." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"A book of wonders, then, even if too cloying for some tastes — and a welcome occasion for reassessing the work of one of the most unusual writers of recent emergence." Kirkus ReviewS

Synopsis:

Sophi Fevvers—the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse-Lautrec—is an aerialiste extraordinaire, star of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover Fevvers's true identity: Is she part swan or all fake? Dazzled by his love for Fevvers, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser joins the circus on its tour. The journey takes him—and the reader—on an intoxicating trip through turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia—a tour so magical that only Angela Carter could have created it.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140077032
Author:
Carter, Angela
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Circus
Subject:
Circus -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
ser. 2
Publication Date:
19860331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.07x4.78x.55 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140077032 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A remarkable book by any standards."
"Review" by , "Angela Carter has influenced a whole generation of fellow writers towards dream worlds of baroque splendour, fairy tale horror, and visions of the alienated wreckage of a future world. In Nights at the Circus, she has invented a new, raunchy, raucous, Cockney voice for her heroine Fevvers, taking us back into a rich, turn of the 19th century world, which reeks of human and animal variety."
"Review" by , "Nights at the Circus is a glorious enchantment. But an enchantment which is rooted in an earthy, rich and powerful language....It is a spell-binding achievement."
"Review" by , "A glorious piece of work, a set-piece studded with set-pieces. The narrative has a splendid ripe momentum, and each descriptive touch contributes a pang of vivdness. By doing possible things impossibly well, the book achieves a major enchantment."
"Review" by , "Nights at the Circus is good, clean fun — well, good fun anyway. It's raunchy moments are steaming, bizarre, at times unsettling, but there is definitely an appreciation here for love, sentiment, and entertainment."
"Review" by , "A book of wonders, then, even if too cloying for some tastes — and a welcome occasion for reassessing the work of one of the most unusual writers of recent emergence."
"Synopsis" by ,
Sophi Fevvers—the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse-Lautrec—is an aerialiste extraordinaire, star of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover Fevvers's true identity: Is she part swan or all fake? Dazzled by his love for Fevvers, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser joins the circus on its tour. The journey takes him—and the reader—on an intoxicating trip through turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia—a tour so magical that only Angela Carter could have created it.
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