Wise Children

Wise Children

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By (author) Angela Carter, Introduction by Ali Smith

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 22mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 3 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099981106
  • ISBN 13: 9780099981107
  • Sales rank: 42,800

Product description

This title is presented with an introduction by Ali Smith. A richly comic tale of the tangled fortunes of two theatrical families, the Hazards and the Chances, Angela Carter's witty and bawdy novel is populated with as many sets of twins, and mistaken identities as any Shakespeare comedy, and celebrates the magic of over a century of show business.

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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 Llewellyn 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

"* 'Wise Children is Angela Carter's best book. It deserves many prizes and, better than that, the affection of generations of readers' Times Literary Supplement * 'Inventive and brilliant' The Times * 'A funny, funny book, Wise Children is even better than Nights at the Circus. It deserves all the bouquets, diamonds and stage-door Johnnies it can get' Salman Rushdle, Independent on Sunday * 'Wonderful writing...there is not much fiction around that is as good as this' Ruth Rendell, Daily Telegraph"

Editorial reviews

This is perhaps Angela Carter's wittiest novel, an ostentatiously charming meditation on Englishness, class and Shakespeare that plays more games with twins and identity than The Comedy of Errors and has more sudden reversals of fortune than Lear. The Hazard dynasty dominates the legitimate stage, while its byblows, the narrator Dora Chance and her sister Nora, become stars of music hall and revue. This is Carter's least experimental novel, only post-modern in its insistence that the art of fiction is about fun, and about games. (Kirkus UK)

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALI SMITH 'Wonderful. There's not much fiction that is around as good as this' Ruth Rendell, Daily Telegraph A richly comic tale of the tangled fortunes of two theatrical families, the hazards and chances, Angela Carter's witty and bawdy novel is populated with as many sets of twins, and mistaken identities as any Shakespeare comedy, and celebrates the magic of over a century of show business. See also: Nights at the Circus