In this, her second novel, (awarded the 1967 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize) Angela Carter's brilliant imagination and starting intensity of style explore and extend the nature and boundaries of love.
'This crazy world whirled around her, men and women dwarfed by toys and puppets, where even the birds are mechanical and the few human figures went masked... She was in the night once again, and the doll was herself.'
One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother's wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave the home of her childhood, she is sent to live with relatives she has never met: gentle Aunt Margaret, mute since her wedding day; and her brothers, Francie and Finn. Brooding over all is Uncle Philip, who loves only the toys he makes in his workshop: clockwork roses and puppets that are life-size - and uncannily life-like.
About the Author
Angela Carter was born in 1940. One of Britain's most original and disturbing writers, she died in 1992.
Carter's second novel, first published in 1967, is set against the oppressive backdrop of a most bizarre household, complete with toyshop and puppet theatre. Fifteen-year-old Melanie and her younger siblings are thrust into this bleak, isolated world of their uncle's house, in an obscure part of South London, and have to cope with their new surroundings. With an extraordinary and intense characterization the novel plunges the reader into a vivid tale of youthful innocence, power struggles and family kinship. Winner of the 1967 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. -- Kirkus UK
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 2nd March 1996
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.3
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1