The Magic Toyshop

The Magic Toyshop

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'This crazy world whirled around her, men and women dwarfed by toys and puppets, where even the birds are mechanical and the few human figures went masked...She was in the night once again, and the doll was herself.' One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother's wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave the home of her childhood, she is sent to live with relatives she has never met: gentle Aunt Margaret, mute since her wedding day; and her brothers, Francie and Finn. Brooding over all is Uncle Philip, who loves only the toys he makes in his workshop: clockwork roses and puppets that are life-size - and uncannily more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 18mm | 160g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0860681904
  • 9780860681908
  • 17,766

Review Text

Carter's second novel, first published in 1967, is set against the oppressive backdrop of a most bizarre household, complete with toyshop and puppet theatre. Fifteen-year-old Melanie and her younger siblings are thrust into this bleak, isolated world of their uncle's house, in an obscure part of South London, and have to cope with their new surroundings. With an extraordinary and intense characterization the novel plunges the reader into a vivid tale of youthful innocence, power struggles and family kinship. Winner of the 1967 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. (Kirkus UK)show more

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The boldest of English women writers Lorna Sage Her writing is pyrotechnic - fuelled with ideas, packed with images and spangling the night sky with her starry language Observer She can glide from ancient to modern, from darkness to luminosity, from depravity to comedy without any hint of strain and without losing the elusive power of the original tales The Times Beneath its contemporary surface, this novel shimmers with blurred echoes-from Lewis Carroll, from 'Giselle' and 'Coppelia,' Harlequin and Punch... It leaves behind it a flavor, pungent and unsettling New York Timesshow more

About Angela Carter

Angela Carter was born in 1940. One of Britain's most original and disturbing writers, she died in more