Margaret Atwood has this to say about her:
From familiar fairy tales and legends – Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires, werewolves – Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.
"She was, among other things, a quirky, original and baroque stylist, a traitespecially marked in 'The Bloody Chamber' - her vocabulary a mix of finely tunedphrased, luscious adjectives, witty athorism, and hearty, up-verse vulgarity."Joyce Carol Oates said:
-- Observer (London)
"Distinguished by bold, inflected language and ornate, indeed often bloodyIan McEwan said:
imagery; it's aesthetic agenda is a wilful appropriation of the old tales and
legends of the patriarchal world." -- New York Times Book Review
"She writes a prose that blends itself to magnificent set pieces of factidious
sensuality...dreams, myths, fairy tales, metamorphoses the unruly unconscious,
epic journeys and a highly sensual celebration of sexuality in both its most
joyous and darkest manifestations."
I say, thanks Carl! I have had his book forever and never got around to reading it, so I am glad that Carl posted about it and reminded me it was about time I got around to it! Some of the stories were not great, but overall it was a fun collection of stories. In the collection, Carter both retells old fairy tales for grown-ups, and writes stories with vampires and werewolves to capture your imagination! I am a big fan of fairy tales, so it is always nice to read new ones. "The Bloody Chamber", actually, was a retelling of "Bluebeard", one of my favourite stories. "The Courtship of Mr. Lyon was one of my favourite stories because it retells "Beauty and the Beast". That has always been a story I enjoyed.
Overall, another good read! This is also the fourth book I read for the R.I.P. Challenge, so that means that anything I read after this is just an added bonus! I am very happy with that.
*The quotes are off Barnes and Noble*