Saints And Strangers

Saints And Strangers Saints and Strangers also published as Black Venus is an anthology of short fiction Angela Carter takes real people and literary legends most often women who have been mythologized or marginalized a

  • Title: Saints And Strangers
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • ISBN: 9780670811397
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Saints and Strangers also published as Black Venus , is an anthology of short fiction Angela Carter takes real people and literary legends most often women who have been mythologized or marginalized and recasts them in a new light In a style that is sensual, cerebral, almost hypnotic, The Fall River Axe Murders portrays the last hours before Lizzie Borden s infamoSaints and Strangers also published as Black Venus , is an anthology of short fiction Angela Carter takes real people and literary legends most often women who have been mythologized or marginalized and recasts them in a new light In a style that is sensual, cerebral, almost hypnotic, The Fall River Axe Murders portrays the last hours before Lizzie Borden s infamous act the sweltering heat, the weight of flannel and corsets, the clanging of the factory bells, the food reheated and reserved despite the lack of adequate refrigeration, the house full of locked doors that open only into other rooms with other locked doors In Our Lady of the Massacre the no nonsense voice of an eighteenth century prostitute runaway slave questions who is civilized the Indians or the white men Black Venus gives voice to Charles Baudelaire s Creole mistress, Jeanne Duval you could say, not so much that Jeanne did not understand the lapidary, troubled serenity of her lover s poetry but, that it was a perpetual affront to her He recited it to her by the hour and she ached, raged and chafed under it because his eloquence denied her language The Kiss takes the traditional story of Tamburlaine s wife and gives it a new and refreshing ending Sometimes disquieting, sometimes funny, always thought provoking, Angela Carter s stories offer a feminist revision of images that lie deep in the public psyche.

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    1. I could not have read this at a better time. I’m contentedly becalmed in Guy Davenport’s Da Vinci’s Bicycle, constantly re-reading the Victor Hugo-in-exile story and marveling at Davenport’s dramatically piquant retelling of the record. (If I were master of a dream-of-history style I would write “General Grant Goes Around the World.”) I love it when books coincide and I loved Angela Carter’s gallery of Lizzie Borden (“The Fall River Axe Murders”), Edgar Allan Poe (“The Cabine [...]

    2. HA! I have not actually read this book, but one particularly angst-filled mid-90's summer of my adolescence I found myself next to a bonfire after, I believe, a particularly angst-filled mid-90's community production of "Little Shop of Horrors." Some girl or something was around the party somewhere, and I could only assume at the time that she was french-kissing madly with some lucky schmuck who (of course) was probably getting to touch her boobs. (Tangent: what I would not give to have touched [...]

    3. Angela Carter's prose is mesmerising an absolute pleasure to read. She straddles the dreamworld between myth and reality, and her writing matches her imagination. Apart from that, all the eight "pieces" (one cannot call them stories, I think) in this slim volume are delightfully unconventional: subversive, if you like. The title story, written from the POV of Baudelier's mistress, portrays her as a simple girl, out to make a living on the mean streets. Whatever persona the poet imposes on her is [...]

    4. Strange selection of stories. My favourite was the reimagining of Lizzie Borden and the days leading up to the Axe Murders. The other stories were too odd. Angela Carter is quite a controversial writer and I'm not sure if I liked this as much as I had dearly hoped.

    5. More when I have time, but for now, I loved this book. I see much more Angela Carter in my near future. While all of the stories are very good, her "Black Venus" just blew me away, along with "The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe," and "The Fall River Axe Murders."

    6. In his introduction to Burning Your Boats, the collected stories of Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie says just about everything I would write here if I hadn't read his intro. I've long been an enthusiastic fan of Carter's neo-Gothic/fairy tale collection The Bloody Chamber and I'd browsed through some of her other short stories as well, always finding them fascinating. Although I've heard good things about some of Carter's novels, I've only actually read one (The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hof [...]

    7. Darling Angela,Where have you been all my life? This is the short story collection I would have written were I British, white, blonde, and (sadly) dead. Carter is a so-called postmodern writer, but with a very traditionally sick way of writing, who takes on fairytales and historical oddities with a candid delicacy. Absolutely lovely.Her version of Lizzie Borden and her world is so tactical I was stuck in soot-filled New England for a night, hardly able to breath and looking over my shoulder. And [...]

    8. Let it be known that I love Angela Carter. I love her writing. I love her grotesque sense of humor. I love her gall, her "up-theirs vulgarity," as Margaret Atwood put it. And I have yet to come across a story of Carter's where I don't have to refer to the dictionary at least once. Carter's writing has accrued a reputation, though. She's either a "feminist" writer or a "fairy-tale writer" writer to some. In truth, Carter was a feminist writer, in that she depicted both male and female characters [...]

    9. All but two of these stories are stellar, my particular favourites being the sideways-prequel to Midsummer Night's Dream and the terrifying, Derridean take on Lizzie Borden, positing that the axe murders were inescapable for everyone involved, because they were iconic and historic even before they occurred. No writer stimulates my mind like Angela Carter does. She is endlessly fascinating, exciting, exhausting and entertaining.

    10. Black Venus - Revised Mythsby Helen HagemannI first read Angela Carter at university, and was struck immediately by the engrossing tales and characters she could evoke; as if this kind of writing was a rebirth of Edgar Allan Poe. Of course, I was reading her novella "Love" about a fatal love triangle in provincial Bohemia. Annabel, one of the main protagonists, was interestingly drawn. A kind of naive and young femme fatale, and as we began to study and critique, I learnt of the doomed female; a [...]

    11. This collection was my first exposure to Angela Carter's great stories, back in 1989. Since I'm teaching her this term, I will shortly get reacquainted with her work. My favorite story in this collection is "The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe," a metafictional trip into the mind of Poe. "Black Venus," which deals with Charles Baudelaire's black mistress Jeanne Duval, is also notable. Other stories are riffs on Lizzie Borden ("The Fall River Axe Murders") and Shakespeare ("Overture and Incidental Mus [...]

    12. Angela Carter certainly has way with words - the language she uses a lot of times veers on bawdy, yet it always remains beautiful. I wasn't as captivated by Black Venus as I was by The Bloody Chamber, but it is a great collection of short stories. I usually have a lot trouble with the short story format - it's not my favorite for sure - but Angela Carter's short stories hide whole worlds within them. Black Venus, the title story, The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe and The Fall River Axe Murders, the [...]

    13. I don't know why people don't enjoy the stories in this book; they are all strong, oblique narratives that carry startling revelations at the core. Personally I like short stories that give me a little jolt, and Carter is brilliant at slowly undressing her ideas from all the layers of language that she manages to put up around them. However, I did get the feeling that she was holding back a bit with these stories. Angela Carter at full-speed is a force to be reckoned with. 'Black Venus' is a ver [...]

    14. My favorite collection of Angela Carter stories that includes the fantastic The Fall River Axe Murders, which brings the semi-conscious blood-dripping Lizzie Borden back to life and places her, axe in hand, in the decaying environment that will facilitate her meteoric rise as murderess extraordinaire. Angela Carter is one of the authors that made me fall in love with language and how it can be used to create remarkably vibrant exquisite set pieces that delve into our deepest joys and fears. Love [...]

    15. Angela Carter is a dark god who simultaneously scares the crap out of me and makes me want to invite her over for tea. The first story, "The Fall River Axe-Murders" about Lizzie Borden and the stifling oppression of women (specifically "old maids") in a puritanical/ patriarchical society will make your head spin in fear and delight!

    16. Question: What would happen if a mad scientist were to mix Shirley Jackson and Joyce Carol Oates' molecules in a test tube? Answer: Angela Carter I've never been able to read anything else she ever wrote. It was too disturbing.

    17. Disappointing. Not Angela Carter's best. The only story that really stood out to me was the one about Lizzie Borden, and even that I felt had more potential than what she coaxed out of it. Clarity is too often sacrificed for (truly) poetic prose.

    18. Aka Black Venus - with a different story order, that's all - this is a beautiful collection of short stories written in a style I can only describe as being like some three-dimensional palette - in colours of greater depth than words it seemed could evoke. Yet Carter does it in every piece. The Kiss was my first, and from then on I was captive, as the Herm to Titania, forever shedding on me the colours of her hems embroidered with the floral 'pinks, yellows and Cambridge blues of them.' Carter i [...]

    19. The stories are a mixed bag for me. I found some confusing and boring, but the story of Lizzie Borden was a knock-out. It really made me feel what it would feel like to live in that time and place in that stifling house with locked doors but no privacy, no plumbing, no air conditioning, wearing corsets and eating badly preserved food. It is a total horror show even though it stops prior to the infamous murders.

    20. I liked this, Carter is masterful with her use of language and the writing is playful and energetic. It was interesting to see how she made these stories relevant to a more modern reader. That said the book's sensibilities feel a little too dated now.

    21. Not top Carter but she is still Mistress of English language. Fascinating, rich, and - unfortunately - "cheerfully" filthy.

    22. I liked 'A Kiss' and 'Peter and the Wolf' (hence the two stars) but I found the other stories in this anthology disjointed, artificial and boring. They were far too abstract. .

    23. *4.5*so, i now need to get my hands on everything angela carter has written. strange, atmospheric, lyricalisted was all great. i know the names of so many female historical and legendary figures, and nothing else about them. carter gives them lives and emotions and their own histories in this collection, and they deserve nothing less.

    24. I absolutely adored this. I fell head-over-heels in love with it. Though fairly brief, my mouth hung agape for much of it, entranced and amazed by Angela Carter's skill as a storyteller as well as a wordsmith. Though, this certainly wasn't the reaction I was expecting based on my early impressions. The first two stories (in my edition, The Fall River Axe Murders and The Kiss, there seems to be some difference between editions and which side of the Atlantic they were published on) were two of my [...]

    25. Saints and Strangers is actual literature, not popular fiction, and, as is the case with most literature, it can be hard work. This book is very, very intelligent, and I would be tempted to do what all literary critics do, and rate it highly because it is obscure, or because I don't understand vast swathes of it, but I won't, I'll be honest. I've given it a three because it's a mixed bag of the sublime and the dull, there are elements of utter obscurity in here that render the point of the tale [...]

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