Burning Your Boats: Collected Short Stories

Burning Your Boats: Collected Short Stories

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By (author) Angela Carter

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 36mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099592916
  • ISBN 13: 9780099592914
  • Sales rank: 76,091

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This title comes with an introduction by Salman Rushdie. As well as her eight novels, Angela Carter published four wonderful collections of short stories during her lifetime, and contributed stories to several anthologies. The stories were scattered amongst different publishers, and a couple of the volumes are now out of print. In "Burning your Boats" they are gathered for the first time; this is a key collection and a major event for Angela Carter aficionados.

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Author information

Angela Carter was born in 1940 and read English at Bristol University, before spending two years living in Japan. She lived and worked extensively in the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965, followed by the Magic Toyshop in 1967, which went on to win the John Liewellyn Rhys Prize. She wrote a further four novels, together with three collections of Short Stories, two works of non-fiction and a volume of collected writings. Angela Carter died in 1992

Review quote

"* 'A fine, fierce, incandescent talent' Scotland on Sunday * 'Burning your boats brings together her four volumes of short fiction...They testify to Carter's range, daring and her invention. An important book' Irish Times * 'A writer cultured in every sense of the word, whose syntax is ever artful, whose vocabulary is zestfully arcane, whose erudition manifests itself in her work in a shimmering play of parody and illusion. She was one of the century's best writers, and her stories are among her finest works' Sunday Times * 'This is the voice the young generation are flocking to read and study, and these marvellous collected stories wonderfully explain why no pigeon-hole could ever contain her creator. When you read all the stories collected together, a sense of joy erupts that such writing can exist' Daily Telegraph"

Editorial reviews

Historical events and personages viewed as in a distorting mirror, and beasts of prey endangered by encounters with their chosen quarry, are representative of the charmingly deranged fiction of the late Carter (1940-93). Carter's impertinent revisions of cherished conventions and beloved traditional stories do not elicit mild or neutral reactions from readers. As her friend Salman Rushdie suggests in his warm introduction to this rich collection of 42 stories (spanning the years 1962-93), one is either pleasurably seduced by her languorous imagery and overripe vocabulary, or made slightly ill by her intemperate romantic sensuality: you love her or you hate her. Even those attuned to Carter's perfervid imagination will have to pick and choose their way through a minefield of knotty prose and naughtier conceits, from several decidedly precious early tales through the contents of her acclaimed story volumes (such as The Bloody Chamber and Saints and Strangers) to a final three uncollected pieces that are even more hothouse-baroque than her usual work. If you can bypass the gamy contes cruels that show Carter at her worst, there's much to enjoy in her wry feminist response to the smug mandates of sexism, racism . . . come to think of it, most -isms. "The Bloody Chamber" amusingly reinvents the Bluebeard legend, featuring a virginal bride reluctant to become yet another passive victim; "The Fall River Axe Murders" examines Lizzie Borden from a sardonic female perspective; "Overture and Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream" retells Shakespeare's comedy from the viewpoint of the changeling child for whom fairy rulers Oberon and Titania contend. And in the amazing "Our Lady of the Massacre," Carter employs the familiar narrative of (American) Indian captivity to create in a mere 14 pages a brilliantly compact near-novella. 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)

Back cover copy

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SALMAN RUSHDIE 'When you read all the stories collected together, a sense of joy erupts that such writing can exist' Daily Telegraph As well as her eight novels, Angela Carter published four wonderful collections of short stories during her lifetime, and contributed stories to several anthologies. The stories were scattered amongst different publishers, and a couple of the volumes are now out of print. In Burning your Boats they were gathered for the first time; this is a key collection and required reading for Angela Carter aficionados. 'A fine, fierce, incandescent talent' Scotland on Sunday See also: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories