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Wise Children: A Novel (FSG Classics) Paperback – December 10, 2007
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Carter's prose is alive and vibrant, as characters step from the page, well-defined and often with an excellent sense of comic timing - this is a prose that begs many readings.
A comic novel that is actually funny; a future masterpiece of English literature; an exquisitly written romp of shakesperian proportions: Wise Children is a millenial novel that should be read by generations of fans.
I've read quite a few Angela Carter books, and (while Wise Children is still written in that unmistakable Carter style) it seems far more light-hearted than, for example: Love or The Magic Toyshop, and has a completely different vocabulary, as Carter adopts the voice of Dora Chance -- deliciously witty, with a strong feminist tone, relatively simple vocab, and an entirely unrelenting appetite for drama.
I was a little dubious about reading Wise Children, as the blurb implied a knowledge of Shakepeare would be beneficial when it came to understanding the book, and that the multiple sets of twins and family secrets would become highly confusing. While any subtle Shakepeare references (aside from the obvious) went right over my head, it seems that they played a minor part in the book, as it's full of raucous wit, bubbling personality, theatrical dramatics, and an inexhaustable thirst for life. As for the numerous characters and their relation to each other: Carter manages to evoke such a vivid picture and to bestow each character with such simplistic, unique features, that you become invovled in the Hazard/Chance story (therby avoiding any confusion.)
While the ending to this book seemed a little too good to be true, it fitted in with the unrealistic aspect of the book, and the dramatic nature of nearly every major character.
A great read (as with almost every Angela Carter book) I highly recommend Wise Children.
The story begins long before the shady mystery of the twins' births, since Dora takes on the unofficial responsibility of preserving her family's legend for posterity. The poignancy of her narration becomes even more urgent when she hints at how close the story came to not being told - that this magnificent dynasty might have slipped through the silent cracks of history. The theatrical world of her grandparents is an intricate Shakespearean web of intrigue and international affairs, where Lears fall in love with their Cordelias and Othellos murder their Desdemonas (with reason). Eventually, the twins' story begins, with a surreptitious affair between a maid and the future thespian laureate, Melchior, who immediately abandons the scene.Read more ›
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Book came quickly and was a great read. Had to read it for one of my English classes and didn't even mind.Published 1 month ago by Kaura Grande
The sort of book which 99.9% of readers will find incomprehensible; the last .01% will adore. The "Wise Children" of the title are Nora and Dora Chance, twin sisters from a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by E. M. Epps
I enjoyed reading Wise Children but it's hard to classify. And I haven't read anything else by Angela Carter, so it's also difficult to establish any context. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael Moisio
Practically every word in Wise Children is magnificent and serves to examine the complex, confusing, and unfortunate tension that exists between the two families of the story: one... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John B. Gray
For years I had it on my bookshelf unread. What a surprise was waiting for me. It is like
whipped cream that has nourishment for the soul. Read more
It turned me into an instant Angela Carter fan - or should I say, devotee. Her style, first of all is unique, lush, generous, gorgeous, colorful - no one writes like her! Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by alienorhuman
What a charming novel this is! It is full of humor that ranges from sly to broad, of fantastical and surrealistic happenings, of larger-than-life characters from the worlds of... Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by gammyraye
Book arrived quickly and in much better shape than I would have expected for a book labeled 'good'. They are a new vender and had no previous reviews, but worth the gamble.Published on October 9, 2012 by spinach
I kept plodding through the (very long and tedious) first chapter for 50+ pages, thinking this thing was eventually going to really get started, become engaging, and stop nattering... Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by oigadigavale