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Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter--Bowie's Top 100

75 Books Challenge for 2016

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Edited: Sep 30, 2016, 11:06pm Top

Megan (IreadthereforeIam) and I (Berly) are continuing our monthly David Bowie reads with Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter, a fitting book for the weirdness of October and Halloween. It is also on the "1001 books you must read before you die" list. Join us!!

Sep 29, 2016, 9:24pm Top

Thread's on the group wiki!

Sep 30, 2016, 2:04am Top

Thank you, sir!!

Oct 1, 2016, 3:25am Top

>2 drneutron: so efficient! However do you do it? :)

I like the second cover, but have yet to check my library system for any copy! Better get a move on. This one looks like it might be slightly out of my comfort zone, genre-wise, but I'm hoping to break free from my own restrictive reading habits.

Oct 2, 2016, 3:28pm Top

I am so tempted to join you for this one.....

Edited: Oct 2, 2016, 7:25pm Top

>4 LovingLit: >2 drneutron: I know! How does he do it? Glad Dr N is on our team!! LT is really good at getting me out of my usual literary circles. It will be interesting to see how you like this one.

I have to go get a copy. Wonder what cover I will end up with? : )

>5 EBT1002: And rightly so!! You should definitely join us!

Oct 2, 2016, 8:16pm Top

I think the one I ordered was a Vintage edition, "Vintage Carter"...it is swanky :)

Oct 3, 2016, 8:48am Top

>4 LovingLit:, >6 Berly: An employer that doesn't mind if I check in every so often during the day... :)

Oct 11, 2016, 3:48am Top

>8 drneutron: convenient :)
Seeing as I pay to be a student, I can use my study time as I please, but generally I feel guilty doing LT when I ought to be studying :|

*still waiting for my copy to arrive*

Edited: Oct 17, 2016, 4:46am Top

My book finally arrived! (finally).
I wish I hadn't just started a 500 page number, on top of my already-being-read book... Who am I kidding! I wouldn't have it any other way. Book overload rules!

Oct 17, 2016, 8:31pm Top

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter, thanks to Book Depo, $14.
Yeeeee ha!

Oct 18, 2016, 1:46am Top

Still haven't found a copy...must go check out Powell's!! ASAP!

Oct 18, 2016, 1:49am Top

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Oct 19, 2016, 6:45pm Top

First thoughts?
A lot of adjectives :)
The sentences are loaded with descriptive words, and are often long and in curious orders. It takes a little getting used to, but I am into the swing of it now I think.

Oct 25, 2016, 10:19am Top

Ummmm. I have been bad. Still no copy. And no time! Don't hate me.

Oct 26, 2016, 8:31pm Top

As I just wrote on my thread, I'm reading as fast as I can to finish Nights at the Circus. I am nearly half way, so am possibly not going to make it. Boo hoo.

It is a weird one though, I am finding it challenging with its fantastical aspects. I have a literal brain :L

Nov 2, 2016, 8:12pm Top

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter (350p)

Well, Bowie may have gone too far for me this time. He certainly wa an eclectic reader, and part of the appeal of his top 100 list is that fact, but this one is just too out there for me. In spite of some marvellous sentences, I found the descriptions just too complex and jammed with adjectives. The story I found too fantastical- more my problem with suspension of disbelief than the story itself, I suppose- and this made it hard for me to enjoy the journey.
Magical realism and me just don't get along!

Nov 3, 2016, 9:38am Top

>17 LovingLit: How can you live in NZ and not get along with magical realism? I thought it was all over the place there? :-)

Nov 3, 2016, 7:29pm Top

>18 jnwelch: ha ha! To illustrate how little I can handle it I will now tell you about when I saw Lord of the Rings on the big screen. Every type of NZ landscape that I recognized- and there were a few- me and my sister looked at each other incredulously and quipped "Hey! I don't remember that castle/unicorn/squadron of evil monsters being there!!"
We thought we were hilarious.

Nov 4, 2016, 12:40pm Top

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