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!
by Michiko Kakutami, The New York Times,
"Dazzling....The culmination of Angela Carter's prolific and inventive career."
by The Village Voice,
"[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."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"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."
by Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review,
"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."
by Sunday Times (UK),
"One of the century's best writers."
by Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday,
"A fine, fierce, incandescent talent."
by New Statesman,
"She was a great writer and a great feminist, and will be read for illumination and entertainment for many years to come."
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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