Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter--Bowie's Top 100
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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!!
>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.
>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!
I think the one I ordered was a Vintage edition, "Vintage Carter"...it is swanky :)
>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*
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!
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter, thanks to Book Depo, $14.
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.
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
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!
>17 LovingLit: How can you live in NZ and not get along with magical realism? I thought it was all over the place there? :-)
>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.
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