I read this more than 20 years ago, just before the film A Company of Wolves came out at the cinema, and was fascianted by the use of language, the concept of adult fairy tales where the sexuality and violence was overt, but described so beautifully it didn't offend. Carter's love of mahical realism - as her style was pigeon-hold, meant she had as many who maligned her as loved her, but I remain a firm fan of her bawdy, beautiful prose.
Angela Carter's reputation as an author is that of a woman who questions desire, gender and sensuality, and with 'Passion of New Eve', she aims to retell the creation story with a bizarre, contemporary bent. In Carter's fictional world, the world is crumbling apart, and things that should not happen take place. The transference of gender in one person is presented graphically, and as with many of Carter's other works, sex, particularly in its most depraved forms, is presented in graphic detail. Whilst the story begins in an interesting way, Carter's bizarre plot and obsession with presenting sex in the most shocking ways possible take away from the novel's interesting ideas on gender in our modern world - as Carter has managed to do too many times before, the story is lost to a need to make everything sensual, shocking and fantastical, and though I wasn't too offended, many people would be by much of the content!
Possibly Carter's most outrageous and entertaining literary outing, filled to bursting with outlandish characters. As always told in the beautiful language that became Carter's trademark.
This book demonstrates exactly how the margins between fantasy and reality are become marred. The questions and consequent meaning of the answers open up a world that lead the reader to question the realities of our society and culture. Carter, well-known for her gender representation within her work, applies onion-like layering to everything. Her work is effectively a tapestry of meaning, art, culture and history. A thoroughly enjoyable book that keeps ou thinking 'what if?.."
This book is simply lovely. Flows wonderfully and is in some places profound
Dora presents her life story, or as much of it as she wants us to know, through a tangled web of events. Her desire to recount the past is triggered by a birthday invitation sent from her, soon to be, 100 year old father. He is a famous Shakespearean actor who barely acknowledges his illegitimate twin daughters. Angela Carter weaves in references to most of Shakespeare's plays and some of the sonnets. Great fun for a Shakespeare fan, but don't let that put you off if you're not one! The story contains clues that not all is what it seems. Dora remembers events and answers some of her own questions about her past, her family and especially about her father and her mother. She talks of her life with a great deal of humour, though the reader is soon aware that her life has been a difficult one. A wonderful final novel from my favourite author.